Should BCCI Come Under RTI Act?
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Should BCCI Come Under RTI Act?

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 31 August 2011, 12:58 Hrs   |    34 Comments
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Bangalore: In an era of utmost openness and transparency where even the deeds of judiciary is demanded to be under the public eye, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), termed just a private club consortium, is fighting tooth and nail to prevent bringing it under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act.

BCCI under RTI act


BCCI as well as most other sporting federations in India are relieved as the cabinet rejected the National Sports Development Bill. Aiming transparency and efficiency in running the sports federations in India, the bill was drafted after the gross corruption scandals broke out during the Commonwealth Games last year. However, the sports control bill presented by Sports Minister Ajay Maken was rejected by the cabinet and asked the minister to redraft the bill before it will be put before parliament. The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly was not unanimous on many of its provisions and media reports quotes the PM as saying "The bill is good intentioned, but needs to be reworked to address objections."

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1: There is nothing wrong in bringing BCCI under RTI Act. Since India being a Cricket Fan country, Its the right of the fans how things work for their favourite sport. Why are their cases when a good player is not allowed to play! If BCCI thinks, it is working fine then then there 's nothing to hide n fear. Their opposition to this Act shows that "All is certainly not well". And why do someone with no sports background be kept as the governing head. If he does not know anything about the sport then how the hell can we expect him to take decisions regarding the team and the betterment of the team so as to win matches.
Posted by:Manorama Bara - 08 Sep, 2011
2: BCCI - Board of Corruption for Cricket in India.
Well are these guys from heaven that RTI shall not applicable to them?
Posted by:fulltoss - 05 Sep, 2011
3: BCCI must come under RTI.Lot of people of Public figures are holding offices, hence BCCI must come under RTI.
Posted by:BALAKRISHNAN - 05 Sep, 2011
4: Why BCCI should be exempted from RTI? All sports bodies should come under RTI so that corruption in sports activities can be stopped.
Posted by:Viswanathan - 03 Sep, 2011
5: Yes, definitely BCCI should come under RTI. All Government, Public as well as private establishment must come under RTI act.
Posted by:V.Sasidharan - 02 Sep, 2011
6: yes it is the only they can feel cricket is not for making money .................its religion of india don't play with it.
Posted by:ni3 deshmukh - 02 Sep, 2011
7: Yes BCCI should come under RTI, we pay for tickets, its peoples money and we have all rights to ask BCCI about team selection and players performances....
Posted by:Amol Vaidya - 01 Sep, 2011
8: Why not?
Posted by:John Manoah - 01 Sep, 2011
9: Not only BCCI, all the departments should be under the purview of RTI. Certain departments lime Defence, Police, CBI etc. which are sensitive may be exempted. But even, in these departments, any info relating to administration shall be under RTI. Even the transactions of political parties are to be under RTI.
Posted by:Karunakaran - 01 Sep, 2011
10: Yes Offcourse. BCCI & Other sports federations should be brought under RTI. so that we can prevent the scams, had it been 1 year back , we could have prevented the CWG Scam....

Most Imp - We spend money and time to watch cricket, more over our tax is been used for these games. so RTI is must for all the sports federations....

Mr. Ajay Maken, Tum agey Badho - Hum tumhare Saath Hai...we wish you all the best....
Posted by:Rohit - 01 Sep, 2011
11: Its time we sought for greater transparency from every organisation in thecountry. Be it a govt organisation or an ngo or a media house or a private organisation.especially a body like bcci and other sports bodies should come undee rti. Every organisation has to come under the purview of rti.its high time we changed for the better.
Posted by:bijoy - 01 Sep, 2011
12: Forget BCCI …Every department public or private , Govt or Non-govt should come under RTI act with no relaxation of rules or provisions .
Yes certain areas related to defense and other Departments dealing in nationally sensitive areas like Military research and national security entities should be kept outside the direct purview of RTI ..Provided such Depts. of national security maintain the highest Order of ethics and code of conduct in terms of national and international human rights by following global protocols set by international bodies like U.N , Amnesty international etc etc
Posted by:Krish - 01 Sep, 2011
13: What baffles me is why these politicians and businessmen are vying with each other for key positions in BCCI. I am not covinced that the love for the game is pushing them to do this. The news reports that appeared in several media during the recent test whiteswash that some players were selected only because MS Dhoni had a contractual obligation with some cricket marketing organisation to do so, does not sound too good. Lalit Modi who was with BCCI and founded IPL was accused of lot of wrong doings. If all these are true then it is all the more important for the BCCI bosses to make all their transactions transparent and be willing to bring BCCI under RTI. If all of them are clean, why be afraid of RTI?
Posted by:Murali - 01 Sep, 2011
14: Any institution or organisation , which receives any benefits in direct manner or indirect manner from Govt should obey the rules and regulations of the nation. If BCCI is not ready to accept the RTI , is it trying to hide something? Are they playing for nation? or for their own and own an own benefits? Not only BCCI any trust /organisation whether they receive the benefits from Govt or not , should come under RTI.
Posted by:Puttu Kulkarni - 01 Sep, 2011
15: YES I THINK BCCI SHOULD BECOME UNDER RTI ACT.
Posted by:ARYENDRA SINGH - 01 Sep, 2011
16: Any institution/body which takes or seeks grants, in any form, from the govt, of India, especially when such body' consists of politicians and bureaucrats handling its affairs should come under RTI ambit. Any sops given by the GOI is directly/indirectly affecting the people of this country. All the more when BCCI is one of the richest sport body in the world on par if not better placed than NBA and IFF.
Posted by:M Srinivas Rao - 01 Sep, 2011
17: BCCI office bearers are assuming that they are the epitomes of efficiency. The fact is cricket is a craze in India not because of BCCI but in spite of it.If a few cricketers become crorepatis and a spate of evils like cricket betting, match fixing and back room intrigues are contributing to national growth and development, then the totally unaccountanble BCCI is doing a great job.Give them carte blanche immunity from all criminal and othe laws of the country.
Posted by:Achuth Kumar - 01 Sep, 2011
18:
i fully agree that b.c.c.i must certainly brought under R.T.I. THEY R. NOT TAKING THE HELP FROM THE GOVT. SOUNDS FUNNY. THEY R. CERTAINLY NOT RUNNING A CHARITABLE INSTITUTION.THEY R. COLLECTING HEFTY AMTS. BY SELLING TICKETS 2 THE PUBLIC&THEY HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY 2 THE SPORTS LOVING PUBLIC.. IT'S INTRIGUEING THAT POLITICIANS R. TOO KEEN 2 .GET INTO THE B.C.C.I.NOT JUST 4 THE LOVE OF THE GAME BUT 4 THE LUCRATIVE REURNS&OTHER BENIFITS THEY CAN REAP. WHY THEY HAVE NO LOVE 4 HOCKEY, VOLLEY BALL, FOOT BALL ETC...IF THEIR ARGUMENT IS WORTH OR JUSTIFYABLE,ALL THOSE BUSINESS HOUSES OR INSTITUTIONS WHO DOES 'NT TAKE GOVT. ASSISTANCE MUSTN'T COME UNDER THE SCRUTINY OF THE VARIOUS BODIES IN TH3 GOVT. HOW BIG B.C.C.I MAY BE THEY MUST ADHERE 2 THE 'LAW OF THE LAND'& NO ONE IS ABOVE LAW. IF THEIR HANDS R. CLEAN, WHY THEY R. AFRAID OF GOVT'S SUPERVISION.MR. MAKEN, SPORTS MINISTER IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK.BUT ,AS USUAL ,A SECTION OF THE MOST CORRUPTED MINISTERS IN THE GOVT. VEHEMENTLY OBJECT JUST 2 SAFEGUARD THEIR VESTED INTEREST. HE NEVER TOLD THAT GOVT. WILL INTERFERE IN THE DAY 2. DAY AFFAIRS OF THE BODY LIKE SELECTION PROCESS,MODE OF ORGANISING THE MATCHES OR SELECTION OF VENUES ETC. I FEEL EVEN THE PLAYERS WILL FULLY SUPPORT THE SPORTS MINISTER. IF THEY R. NOT AFRAID OF ANY MISDOING WHY SHOULD THEY R. MORTALLY AFRAID OF GOVT. SUPERVISION& SHIVER THE MOMENT, THEY HEAR ABOUT GOVT.SUPERVISION.RAMPANT CORRUPTION&HUGE SCAMS R. EVERYWHERE& BECOME ORDER OF THE DAY. THEN WHY B.C.C.I,CANnot GO BEYOND SCRUTINY.THIS MAKES ONE DOUBT ABOUT THEIR INTEGRITY, SINCERETY& HONESTY.
C.M.MENON Replied to: Achuth Kumar - 02 Sep, 2011
19:
Why not. BCCI must come under RTI Act. Huge money is being invested in the cricket by some powerful persons/businessman. I think all this money is black money and they converting the same in white. Also every institutions should come under the Indian Govt. and not any partcular minister or ministry. Ajay Makhan Sport's bill is very good for Indian sports and it should be passed by GOI.
lalit joshi Replied to: Achuth Kumar - 01 Sep, 2011
20: am unable to grasp if institution has no grant of the government it is not subject to any regulation or obligation to provide information under RTI. how does corporates have sox act in United states. how could enron ceo be put to jail for misguiding the public and fraudulent transfer of funds. how can you checkon misuse of equity funds. is it after the damage is done like in 2G spectrum.how can whistleblower act cover all corporates,unless they are passed by their board as in infosys. who will take self correction mode have social obligation.India is vulnerable to misuse of public funds and corporate looting, when it has 60% who are in rural, then dawood who has no grant of govenment doing criminal act that does not harm any ordinary being shoujld be passed until some one is killed.RTI act should be covered by BCCI.
prof subramaniam
Posted by:prof ak subramaniam - 31 Aug, 2011
21: Indians are the biggest fools when it comes to their national interest.No sports body including the International Olympic body, F! sports body are all making money but they have to do lot of backdoor corruption to run in profit.For example selection of sites for Olympics done on corruption. Even F1 racing has to be fixed sometime. BCCI and IPL made money because of corruption. One can see how our Hockey, Foot ball, badminton association languisihing due to lack of corruption and imagination. Modi of IPL has to get money in dollars and aslo have to pay in dollars to players like Warne, Gayle etc and this cannot be done within the ambit of Indian FCRA,FEMA etc and so corruption has to be there and that is why it attracts forreigners who get paid in dollars like the South african cheer leaders etc. It is Forreign banks who showed how corrupt they are duing Harshad mehtha scam and Kethan parekh etc.The BCCI runs on private money ( ofcourse it will be balck money) and how can it be open to public scrutiny.It got world cup for India and also Best test playing nation etc. This transparency is a way of killing the golden goose of BCCI by especially Australian and UK boards through their World bank aided ruling leaders of India
Posted by:captainjohann - 31 Aug, 2011
22: The interesting part is the Cabinet which struck down the Sports Bill was full of fellows who are office bearers of sports bodies. These shameless persons should have recused themselves in view of the conflict of interest. How can they decide on an issue where they have personal stakes. But to expect anything better from them would be stupidity of the highest order.
Posted by:Prof. S. P. Singh - 31 Aug, 2011
23:
I am completely in agreewith wieth Prof. S.P.
Singh's views. Keeping in view of scam in C.W.G and huge profit earning BCCI, who has been enjoying facilities of getting of free stadium, security by the Govt./State Police and Para Military Forces free of cost, in directly, comes under the purview of R.T.I. Mr. Ajay Maken has rightluy moved document before the cabinet committee. They must be accountable to the country, Govt. of India as BCCI is using fund from the Consolidated Fund of India. The persons opposiing the legislation, moved by the Hon'ble Minister lof Sports, have their vested interest and feel afraid of that they can be exposed for their wrong doings. In view of the scams prevailed in the country, I would like to request Chairman of UPA Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Shri Man Mohan Singh to use their influence and support to the Minister of Sports, Shri Ajay Makan.
Ved Prakash T. Nagpal Replied to: Prof. S. P. Singh - 01 Sep, 2011
24:
yes, definitely the BCCI must be accountable and must come under RTI. I am sure, with the awareness we got in the recent anna hazare success, people will not keep quite.

Hope, all the people of india will back the sports minister Ajay :)
karthik Replied to: Prof. S. P. Singh - 01 Sep, 2011
25:
BCCI Should definitely come under the RTI act. If these fellows are against it, it is very, very clear they have lots to hide!
indian Replied to: Prof. S. P. Singh - 31 Aug, 2011
26: One does not understand why BCCI opposes RTI. After all the huge money earned by BBCI is through public investment. The common man has a right to know how the money is earned and spent. Is there anything to hide, BCCI? http://jdbapat.blogpsot.com
Posted by:Dr J D Bapat - 31 Aug, 2011
27: No not at all,let us not talk about impossibility , BCCI top guns,plus its state wise members , will get offended if we raise this issue any where.Above all ,cricketers of India after 1985 also may never approve this .Why to add one more inter.... in the chain of beneficiaries from BCCI Babus to bookies to brand corporates to cricketers. What was the income of Pataudi and Venkatraghavan the last two captains prior to 80s and what are the assets of the Cricketers now .Dyan chand being suggested Bharath rathna recently,The Gold medal winners of olympics, asiads in other sports toiling out are only hanging the medal in their neck ,what about their lively hood standards after the game can any one compare those poor conditions of Medal winners with those of IPL or BCCI sponsored cricketers turn by turn,one goes out with regular complaint of shoulder pulls other favored walks in under the name of selectors choice and so on there is no end to this commercial venture today
Posted by:PCMAN - 31 Aug, 2011
28:
BCCI is a tool for money earning by robbing poor citizens of India.In the process,they assist people like Sachin Tendulkar,MSDhoni etc.,to amass huge fortunes without any care for nation's pride.Gold medallists from other Games are not cared for by the Govt.
Why this Hullagulla for Sachin to be conferred with Bharat Ratna?He has brought personal laurels only and none for poor Bharat.So,BCCI brought under RTI would be justice.
Manas K RayChaudhuri Replied to: PCMAN - 31 Aug, 2011
29:
Yes off course BCCI have to go under the RTI scanner.
Baburam Sharma Replied to: Manas K RayChaudhuri - 31 Aug, 2011
30:
I am totally agree that BCCI should come under RTI ACT.
sourabh rana Replied to: Baburam Sharma - 31 Aug, 2011
31:
I am totally agreed the BCCI and Other Such type of Organization come under RTI act. Law is equal for any individuals are any organization. Reservation concept should not be repeated.

santosh Replied to: sourabh rana - 01 Sep, 2011
32:
Why Not?
Aman Replied to: PCMAN - 31 Aug, 2011
33:
Because it appears cricket is no more a game of bat and ball, but played by BCCI Babus, Bookies and Benefiting cricketers and Brand Corporates and may be Bollwood Prmoters .RTI is long story,last 60 years could any one question the wealth amassed by one and all ...bet it leaders,cricketers or so called promoters and sponsors
PCMAN Replied to: Aman - 31 Aug, 2011
34:
Is Cricket necessary in INDIA ?
Baiju Mehta Replied to: PCMAN - 31 Aug, 2011
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