Ministry seeks feedback on draft of sports bill

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has sent the draft of the National Sports Development Bill to leaders of various political parties of both houses of parliament and also to eminent sportspersons for their feedback on the proposed legislation.

The union council of ministers, Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, States/UTs sports ministers, standing committee/consultative committee members on the ministry of youth affairs and sports have been sent the draft sports bill for their views, the sports ministry said in a statement.

In his letter, Jitendra Singh stressed the importance of bringing about transparency and good governance in sports in the country.

"The government has been highlighting for some time now the need for bringing about reforms in the management and governance of sports in order to make it more responsive, responsible and result-oriented," said Jitendra Singh in the letter.

A working group constituted by the government under the chairmanship of Justice (retd.) Mukul Mudgal submitted the draft of the bill earlier this month.

The draft bill was then placed on the website of the ministry (www.yas.nic.in) inviting comments from all stake-holders as well as general public latest by July 31.

The ministry is also forwarding the draft bill to various national sports federations for their comments/views.

After incorporating the comments received from all sources, the ministry will forward the draft bill to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its views.

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