A day after the Hindustan Times highlighted discrepancies in the graded contracts awarded to shooters by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the Sports Ministry has warned the federation to stick to norms and be transparent in its selection.
Taking note of the story “Rifle Association’s selections reek of bias, hypocrisy”, the Ministry has said: “It has been brought to our notice that in some cases merit has been ignored by the NRAI while recommending shooters for selection/grading for contract with a private sponsor (Sahara India).
“It is the view of the ministry that, be it the selection of the Indian team for international events or any other matter such as sponsorship, the selection should be done in a fair and transparent manner based on merit. The ministry would be writing to the NRAI in this regardr.”
HT had reported that the daughter of NRAI president Digvijay Singh, shotgun shooter Shreyasi Singh, had been given the Sahara contract (amounting to Rs 12 lakh) while ignoring the credentials of far better shooters.
The director (Media & Communications), Sports Ministry, Rajesh Malhotra said that the Sports Minister MS Gill had spoken to secretary (sports) Sindhushree Khullar and a letter would be sent to the NRAI on Tuesday. “The minister has taken a very strong view on the issue,” he said.