National Sports Federations receiving over Rs.10 lakhs covered under RTI
As per a press release by the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, the government of India has declared that all sports bodies receiving a grant of Rupees 10 lakh or more annually shall be covered under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The text of the press release is given below.
Government has declared all National Sports Federations (NSFs) receiving grant of Rs.10 lakh or more in a year as Public Authorities under Section 2(h) “public authority” means any authority or body or institution of self-government established or constituted (a) by or under the Constitution; (b) by any other law made by Parliament; (c) by any other law made by State Legislature; (d) by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government, and includes any- (i) body owned, controlled or substantially financed; (ii) non-Government organization substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government; of the Right to Information (RTI), Act 2005. Further, as per the provisions under Section 4(2) It shall be a constant endeavour of every public authority to take steps in accordance with the requirements of clause (b) of sub-section (1) to provide as much information suo motu to the public at regular intervals through various means of communications, including internet, so that the public have minimum resort to the use of this Act to obtain information. of the RTI Act, 2005 it has been made incumbent upon all the public authorities to suo-moto disclose information on the various activities carried out by them. This is the requirement of good governance and transparency in sports bodies.
In view of the above, the Government has asked the IOA and the NSFs to place the following information on their website latest by 20-08-2014:-
(i) Complete details of officials who were sent to CWG by IOA/NSFs along with the amount paid such as air fare, boarding and lodging, local transportation, daily allowance etc.
(ii) List of players (alongwith support personnel) who actually participated in Commonwealth Games.
Further, the IOA and NSFs have been asked to place the following information on their website with regard to all international events to be held in India and abroad:-
(i) List of core probables and basis of their selection.
(i) Details of coaching camps organized including venues, dates and list of participants.
(ii) Notification of selection criteria for such events well in advance along with the details of time and venue for selection.
(iii) List of the athletes selected.
(iv) Details of athletes, support personnel and other officials sent to the event along with the amount paid to them towards air fare, boarding and lodging, local transportation, daily allowance etc. This is required to be placed on the website within 15 days of the conclusion of the event.
(v) Performance criteria which formed the basis of selection, actual performance in terms of timing, distance, etc. and the position obtained by each athlete/team.