No going back on RTI: Maken
A day after the proposed National Sports Bill was rejected by the Cabinet, sports minister Ajay Maken today hit out at the BCCI saying that the cricket board needs to be more accountable in its functioning.delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2011 00:48 IST
The revised draft of the legislation — aiming to make sports bodies transparent and accountable — would not compromise on bringing them under the Right to Information Act, but it may make concessions on some other points.
A day after the cabinet sent back the draft, sports minister Ajay Maken made it clear that transparency was non-negotiable. "We just want transparency and efficiency and RTI ensures that."
The ministry, however, is willing to soften stand on appointments of office-bearers and the mandatory vision document.
The draft debarred those above 70 years from taking over as office-bearers and limited tenure to 12 years. "I can talk to my cabinet colleagues on this," Maken told HT.
His stand on the RTI Act was in response to the claim made by Rajiv Shukla, vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, that the act did not apply to private bodies that did not receive government funds.
But a section of the act says NGOs and private bodies receiving direct or indirect benefits from the government come under the law. The BCCI was exempted Rs 60 crore in the form of customs duty during this year's World Cup.
The government provides free land for stadiums and security cover during cricket matches.