Consensus on new sports bill
Political consensus was reached on the draft national sports legislation, which makes it mandatory for all National Sports Federations to submit audited accounts to the government and impose term restrictions on office-bearers of these bodies.
The Sports Ministry’s Parliamentary consultative committee on Wednesday discussed the draft bill and agreed with the provisions said to be necessary to bring transparency in functioning of the national sports bodies.
The meeting attended by Meenakshi Natarajan and Mausam Noor of Congress, Kirti Azad of BJP, Satabadi Roy of Trinamool Congress and Nripendra Nath Roy of Forward Block asked the sports minister Ajay Maken to ensure that the bill is introduced as soon as possible.
The ministry will circulate a Cabinet note after March 20, a month after seeking public comments on the draft bill.
Sports minister Ajay Maken told the committee that a national sports development council would be constituted to frame sports polices for the country. Unlike other government bodies, the majority in the council will be of non-official members, most of whom would be sportspersons of repute.
In addition, there would be clear delineation of role of the government, Sports Authority of India, National Olympic Committee and sports federations in national sports development.
The minister also told the committee that the new bill would provide legal backing against doping and age manipulation in sports. For grievance redressal, a National Sports Ombudsman and an appellate authority will be constituted.