Pro-active disclosure of Sports activities by IOA and NSFs by May 31
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that in accordance with the provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI), the recognised National Sports Federations are required to furnish certain documents namely, annual audited accounts, annual report, details of National / International championships including calendar of events, funds received from other sources etc. to the Ministry every year for annual renewal of their recognition from the Government. Also, Government has declared the NSFs receiving grant of Rs. 10.00 lakh or more in a year as Public Authority 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 RTI Act. Although, the NSFs have been furnishing information to this Ministry, but it has been noticed that the same is not available on the website of many NSFs and hence is not available to general public and stakeholders. Therefore, in order to reduce the paper work of NSFs while making the information available to stakeholders and ensure greater transparency, all National Sports Federations (NSFs) & Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have been asked by the Ministry to make available, on their websites, information regarding their functioning, details of elections, annual audited accounts, constitution of their organizations, details of national championships with their calendar of events, details of international events held in India and abroad, list of I-Cards issued to athletes, action taken for prevention of age fraud and dope free sports in compliance to WADA/NADA Code, funds received from various sources including private sponsors, public sector undertakings, State Governments, etc.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday Shri Sonowal said, a few NSFs have uploaded such information on their websites. Some NSFs, though have uploaded the same, it is not in accordance with the instructions of the Government. Many NSFs are yet to host the same. Therefore, the Ministry has issued instruction to IOA and all NSFs to mandatorily upload the desired information on their websites latest by 31-05-2015.