In a decision aimed to make functioning of national sports federations transparent, the Sports Ministry on Tuesday directed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC, CWG) to appoint Central Public Information Officers as per the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The decision comes after the Delhi High Court rejected IOA’s appeal and declared both entities as public authorities under the RTI Act, thus opening their functioning for public scrutiny.
IOA being declared a public authority means that through it, information can be sought about the functioning of all bodies affiliated to the apex body.
“Both the organisations have been asked to fulfill various obligations of being a public authority, as per section 4 of the RTI Act, including maintaining all their records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner so as to facilitate the right to information under this Act and suo moto disclosure/publishing of information," the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
The ministry had declared IOA and OC, CWG public authority in December as their activities are funded through government grants.
Duty exemption to state bodies
The government also allowed duty free import of sports goods and equipment by sports authorities of states. Earlier, they had to depend on Sports Authority of India. The national sports federations too can make duty free import on behalf of district & state associations.