October 29th, 2011
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BCCI refuses to come under RTI

BCCINew Delhi: The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) rejected the revised draft of the National Sports Development Bill that seeks to regulate the functioning of the Cricket Board. According to the BCCI certain aspects of the bill are meant to “destroy the autonomy” of the board.

“While the BCCI is all for good governance and transparency in sports bodies, certain aspects of the Bill seek to destroy the autonomy of the Board and dilute the rights of its members,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement after the Board’s Working Committee meeting here.“Therefore the Board is totally opposed to this Bill and will be communicating its objections to the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports shortly,” he added.

“It has to be borne in mind that “Sports” is a State subject and the legislative competence of Central Government is limited. The bill tends to encroach upon fundamental rights of Sports bodies,” he said. BCCI, which is an autonomous body, and some other sports organisations such as Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have opposed the legislation. The IOA had in fact termed the revised bill a “cruel joke.”

The proposed bill wants to give BCCI the status of a National Sports Federation and therefore bring it under the purview of the RTI Act.



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