Govt tables bill to regulate sports bodies
Seven years after the previous BJP government led by Prem Kumar Dhumal repealed the Act aimed at regulating sports associations in the state, reining in the powerful Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association in particular, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh introduced the Himachal Pradesh Sports (Registration, Recognition & Regulation of Associations) Bill, 2015 in the legislative assembly on Tuesday.punjab Updated: Apr 08, 2015 10:05 IST
Seven years after the previous BJP government led by Prem Kumar Dhumal repealed the Act aimed at regulating sports associations in the state, reining in the powerful Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association in particular, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh introduced the Himachal Pradesh Sports (Registration, Recognition & Regulation of Associations) Bill, 2015 in the legislative assembly on Tuesday.
Call it a coincidence or a preplanned move, the bill was introduced on the same date on which the BJP led government had repealed the Act ten years ago on April 7, 2009. The legislation aims to bring all sports associations under uniform regulations.
"At present there is no regulation for sports associations with regard to their registration, constitution, provisions pertaining to elections and their proper functioning for promotion of sports and financial accountability," the bill reads.
The legislation tabled today seeks to achieve overall purpose of promoting sports and games in the state, right from the village to the state level, and thereby inculcate enthusiasm for sports and games. The bill also aims at providing provisions for registration, recognition and regulation of sports associations and to facilitate and regulate the activities and affairs of sports associations.
Under this legislation, provisions have been made for recognition and regulation of various activities including elections and functions of sports bodies in various revenue district units in the state. The bill's overall objective is to democratize the sports bodies and thereby enable them to manage their activities relating to sports affairs in the best interest of sports at the state, national and international level.
There are 42 state level associations that are eligible for registration. The Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association will be affiliated with the Himachal Pradesh State Sports Council and be considered a state level sports association. It will also give affiliation to the state level sports associations registered under this Act for the games or sports recognized for participation in the Olympics, Asian Games or Commonwealth Games and for the purpose of representing the state in national games or other event conducted by the Indian Olympic Association.
The legislation makes its mandatory for every sports association other than a preliminary sports association to register themselves under the provisions of the act. The bill allows sports bodies and associations to frame their constitutions and bylaws under which the executive body of the sports association shall be elected in a democratic manner in periodical elections. The executive body should have minimum five members and it can have maximum of 21 members.
Elections of the states level sports association shall be held in the presence of Himachal Pradesh State Sports Council, while the elections to district level sports association would be held under the supervision of observers from state bodies and district sports council.
The legislation also calls for regular audit and makes it mandatory for sports associations to send their audit reports to the registrar of the state and district sports councils. The state sports council has also been given powers to de-affiliate a sports association in case it finds that it was not fulfilling the obligations of the legislation.
"No sports association shall be entitled to use the description 'Himachal' or 'Himachal Pradesh" or use the name of a district as part of its name or to undertake any sports activity that results in representing the state of Himachal Pradesh or any of its districts as an affiliated unit of any national federation, board, or association purporting to represent India." the bill reads.