THE DEADLOCK hasn't been broken yet, but a quick settlement is on the card, it seems. After days of refusal to go back to the Ambedkar Stadium, six members of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) — who had resigned from their posts one by one during the last two months — are now mulling an about-turn.
A meeting between president Subhash Chopra and Hemchand, Nasir Ali, Sharafatullah, M.M. Sultan, Abdul Aziz and Bachi Ram on Sunday is what led to this rethink.
The meeting was convened after a one-man committee headed by vice-president O. P. Malhotra submitted its reports to Chopra. "The meeting was fruitful and the president took note of the grievances of all the members. We got a positive response and can hope to see at least some our proposals being met. Chopra's views were positive too," said Veterans Club president and one of the DSA vice-presidents, Hemchand.
"We are ready to co-operate provided things work in proper order in DSA and there is transparency," Hemchand added. "We can't take humiliation."
Even as discussions between Chopra and the rebels were 'fruitful', they have not yet officially come back to the DSA fold. "They have not yet withdrawn their resignations, but we hope they will do so soon," said Chopra. "They are part of the DSA family and we are ready to listen to their grievances," he added.
But DSA secretary N. K. Bhatia said the six office-bearers had come back.
DSA to advertise for paid secretary
Keeping in mind the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Delhi Vision project scheduled to start in June-July, the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) is likely to appoint a paid secretary, specifically to administer work concerning the Vision.
"Even though no formal decision has been taken, the matter was discussed," said Bhatia. "We will advertise for the post as soon as a final decision is taken," he added. Bhatia said a decision on appointing a paid secretary could be expected at the next managing committee meeting. Asked how much the DSA would shell out, Bhatia said: "We have to be realistic. One cannot expect us to pay him Rs 40-50,000 a month."