At a time when the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is trying to arrange funds for its ambitious Goal Project 2011, a committee, comprising three vice-presidents — Subrata Dutta, AR Khaleel, Ankur Dutta — treasurer Hardev Jadeja and general secretary Alberto Colaco on Thursday discussed a proposal to double the general secretary’s salary from Rs 65,000 to 1, 30,000 per month.
However, an AIFF source claimed this committee doesn't have the locus standi to decide on such issues. "It was not an executive committee nor was it a development committee. So they are not empowered to increase the salary of its employees and that too in the absence of president," the source told the Hindustan Times on Friday.
The source also said some members "wanted to know how the committee could raise the salary of the secretary without renewing his contract — Colaco is serving an extended term."
"If the federation is solely banking on the working president to arrange funds for the 2011 project then how can you discuss whether or not to double the secertary's salary in his absence," the source said.
Khaleel admitted attending Thursday's meeting but denied the general-secretary's hike was discussed. Jadeja and Subrata Dutta could not be reached and the others, Colaco included, refused to comment on the issue.
Thursday’s meeting also raised doubts on whether the ambitious 2011 Asian Cup project would be executed, as most members were apprehensive of embarking on something for short-term benefits.
“This project is being conceived keeping in mind the 2011 Asian Cup, so it’s short-term. The members said that there is also no guarantee whether spending so much would bear fruit,” an official who was present said.