BCCI files an application under RTI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking the details of the money spent from the Rs 80 crore BEST fund (BCCI-NSDF Elite Sports Talent fund).
The reply to the application has revealed that only a meager amount has been spent so far. It also shows that though the money was meant for the development of medal prospects, most of the spent amount has been invested in renovation of academies. The data provided shows that Rs 6 crore was spent on construction of a stadium in Jammu & Kashmir and Rs 4 crore for upgradation of PT Usha’s academy.
Now, in the wake of the suspension of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) by the International Olympic Council (IOC), BCCI might ask the Sports Ministry to return the Rs 50 crore it had contributed to the National Sports Development Fund.
Many RTI activists have demanded in the past that the sports bodies, including BCCI, should be answerable under the RTI Act.