CIC: Provide the certified copies of the file notings giving recognition to the concerned sports federation during the 2010-14; provide copies of the Ministry’s guidelines for granting such recognition & account of the grant given for the last five years
This matter, pertaining to an RTI application dated 25.1.2014 filed by the Appellant, seeking information on five points regarding tennis ball cricket, came up today. The Respondents stated that they had responded to the various queries of the above RTI application. The Appellant stated that he was not satisfied with the response of the Respondents to all the queries. With reference to point No. 1, he stated that the basis on which the game is recognised has not been conveyed to him and the Respondents have communicated only certain rules. The Respondents stated that the original recognition to the game was given long back and the relevant records would not be available. However, they have records of the annual renewals given w.e.f. 2010. The CPIO is directed to provide to the Appellant certified copies of the file notings, giving recognition to the game and the concerned federation during the years 2010 to 2014. He is further directed to provide certified copies of the Ministry’s guidelines for granting such recognition. The above information should be provided free of charge, within twenty days of the receipt of this order, under intimation to the Commission.
2. With regard to points No. 2 to 5, the Respondents submitted that the detailed information concerning the same is held by the concerned sports federation, which is a public authority under the RTI Act on account of the grant given by the government to it. In view of the foregoing, the CPIO of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is directed to transfer points No. 2 to 5 of the RTI application to the CPIO of the concerned sports federation, within five days of the receipt of this order, under intimation to the Commission and the Appellant. The CPIO of the concerned sports federation is directed to provide detailed response, along with certified copies of the relevant rules and list of Secretaries (point No. 4) etc., within thirty days of receiving the above queries from the CPIO of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Since the information sought at point No. 3, regarding use of the grants received from the government, is for a long period of thirteen years, the CPIO is directed to provide the information for the last five years only. Information as above should be provided free of charge.
3. With the above directions and observations, the appeal is disposed of.
4. Copies of this order be given free of cost to the parties.
Citation: Shri Sunny Kumar Singh v. Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/001128