Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
12-August-2013 15:57 IST
BCCI under RTI
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Jitendra Singh has said that the Government, in April, 2010, declared all the NSFs receiving grant of Rs.10.00 lakhs or more in a year from the Government as Public Authority under Section 2(h) of the RTI, 2005. However, the BCCI has been refusing to declare itself as a public authority on the plea that it does not receive any financial grant from the Government.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, the matter to bring the BCCI under the RTI Act is pending before the Central Information Commission (CIC) and the Government has already submitted its written submission before the CIC pleading to bring the BCCI under the RTI Act. CIC issued notice to all concerned for adjudicating the matter on 25th & 26th July, 2013. However, Hon’ble Madras High Court vide order dated 24-07-2013 issued interim stay on the said proceedings.

Shri Jitendra Singh said, the Government has also formulated a draft of the National Sports Development Bill, 2013 to bring all the National Sports Federations and the BCCI under the RTI Act with the provision of exclusion clause of protecting personal/confidential information relating to athletes. Views of General Public and all the Stake holders have been sought on the draft of the National Sports Development Bill, 2013. Since some of the issues need detailed deliberation and consultations among various Ministries/ Departments of Government of India and other stake-holders, it is not possible to indicate a definite time frame for enactment of the said Bill.

The Minister said, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act. Although BCCI has not been recognized by the Government, the International Cricket Council (ICC) recognizes BCCI as the apex National Federation responsible for promotion of cricket in India. Therefore, the team selected by BCCI is considered as the Indian Team. The Ministry only grants permission to BCCI from sports angle for participation of Indian Cricket Teams in International events abroad and holding International Cricket Matches in India at No Cost to the Govt. subject to the clearance of Ministry of External Affairs from political angle and Ministry of Home Affairs from security angle.