New Delhi: The spot-fixing scandal has raised fingers at the high-handedness of the BCCI which continues to remain independent of the government.
Sports minister Jitendra Singh, however, wants that there should be certain minimum level of transparency and accountability that federations like the Indian cricket board need to ensure.
“The truth of the matter is that all (sports) federations in the country that usually take between 40 to 90 per cent funds from the government are open, transparent to public but three or four bodies like cricket, football and golf etc don’t take any help,” Singh said, implying that this present arrangement is what has kept them outside government supervision.
“As sports minister, I will avoid making a comment on the issue while the Sports Bill is being drafted, but as an individual one doesn’t even need to ask. Every citizen in the country thinks there should be transparency (in these bodies),” the minister told MAIL TODAY on Wednesday.
The law and sports ministries are waiting for an opinion from the attorney general on bringing legislation to tackle unfair practices in sports.
The minister said it was time to bring in a law that will serve as a deterrent to malpractices in sports.
“It is very important and I wish it had come up earlier. What has happened (spot- fixing scandal) is very shameful. The spectators feel shortchanged. There is a great cloud over such (IPL) events and I have spoken to the IPL chairperson (Rajeev Shukla) requesting him to put in some internal mechanisms to deal with such issues."
“We also need to go in for consultations at the state and other levels because of its complexity,” said the minister.
The sports minister hinted at wider disagreements over the passage of the Sports Bill. “Transparency and accountability are essential for any sportsperson or sports entity and one has to have much wider consultation on the Sports Bill which is still at the drafting stage. We have put forward all these suggestions which are being considered,” he said.
On a direct question of bringing BCCI under the ambit of RTI act, the minister said: “National Sports Federations are already under RTI. The Sports Bill is under drafting stage (and) we have put forward these points to the drafting committee. I think it is very important that there is transparency, people should know where the money is going.”
The sports minister also revealed his plan for a major shakeup in the national sports administration. “As a part of the plan, even the SAI will be restructured and limited to making 25 Centres of Excellence of a particular discipline,” he said. “At present, we are doing 100 things at 100 places and doing not one right. We want to make them world class,” the minister said.
Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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