Cabinet Rejects Proposed Sports Bill
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Cabinet Rejects Proposed Sports Bill

Wednesday, 31 August 2011, 05:12 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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New Delhi: The union cabinet rejected the proposed National Sports Development Bill aimed at bringing more transparency and accountability in the functioning of the National Sports Federations (NSF), saying the legislation needs to be reworked.

The cabinet decided not to table the bill in this session of parliament and asked Sports Minister Ajay Maken to rework it.

At the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, five cabinet ministers were present - Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, C.P. Joshi, Farooq Abdullah and Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Under the current version of the bill, all sports federations would have been covered by the Right to Information (RTI) Act and would need to submit their audited reports to parliament.

A clause in the bill also aimed at making the Board of Control of Cricket India a public organisation like other sports federations and bringing it under the purview of the RTI.

The sports ministry's move to include the BCCI in the bill drew support from most of the former Indian cricketers earlier in the day.

Former India captain Kapil Dev, who led the team to 1983 World Cup win, acknowledged the good work done by the BCCI but said it should work with the government.

"It is a vast issue and we can't talk about it off-hand but in my opinion every organisation should come under a uniform system. At the same time, BCCI is doing well as a private organisation and we should respect that. But at the end of the day, everything should come under the government," Kapil said on the sidelines of a seminar of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) here.

Another former captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, now a Congress MP, hoped the bill will improve sports in the country.

"You got to make sure this bill proves to be good for sports. We have a lot of good sportspersons who suffer because of many indifferent things. I really hope this bill is passed," Azharuddin told reporters outside parliament.

Ajay Jadeja, too, praised the world's richest board for its functioning but asserted that no one is above the law.

"BCCI has done a good job in running the sport but nobody is above the law. When a government passes a law, you can't look at one individual or one body. And if they are going to come out with a bill covering sports bodies, I don't see anything wrong in that," he said.

On BCCI coming under the RTI, Jadeja added: "There is nothing wrong if they fall under the RTI. But you have to leave out key things like players' selection away from public scrutiny."
Source: IANS
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1: Cricket is no more a game , but a commercial venture as it appears from various news reports.We have read from SA Hansieh to Indian IT raids in news. From Pak to London the bookies and betting.Hundreds of such news were flashed in papers and also in TV Channels including latest World cup predications from Shane before the game actual.Bat and Ball are no more but bookies and bacci babus , brand corporates play the game and cricketers too are ultimate beneficiaries of such commercial venture. None will decalar the assets of all those. Memories of cricket prior to 1980 will linger in the memories of people, when cricket was played as a game, for the nations pride, be it West Indies, Aussies, English and Indian teams. Those players ne ver saw a four figure amount to their credit at the end of game.Today not only cricketers have opened hotels, but also the babus of game have widened scope of earning by Auctioning, New IPLs across the nation, mostly their own kith and kin as beneficiaries.From Pune to Kochi.and so on,why to add one more intermediary called Government is the question in the minds of those Ministers who chaired the session , May be all the above may not be true, still common man has to think twice, why their is opposition in accepting this bill.Though other sports will benefit
Posted by:PCMAN - 31 Aug, 2011
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