Should the sports bodies be covered under the RTI Act?
As the sports minister Ajay Maken sets out to table the revised National Sports Development Bill in the winter session of parliament, the question being asked in all quarters is whether it is going to get passed. While almost all federations are opposing the bill, the biggest opposition is once again going to come from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The protagonists of the bill have argued that transparency in the working of different National Sports Federations (NSF) can only be achieved by bringing them under the RTI Act. It has been claimed by the sports bodies that such a bill would destroy their autonomy and affect their functioning. Would the extension of RTI bring transparency in running of sports in the country? Readers may like to offer their comments.