Report No. 275
BCCI - a National Sports Federation?
6.25 In reply to an unstarred question, number2097 raised on March 27, 2012, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, in the Lok Sabha, Shri Ajay Maken, stated that the Government in April, 2010, declared that all the National Sports Federations (NSFs) receiving a grant of Rs. 10 lakhs or more would be treated as 'public authority' under section 2(h) of the RTI Act.[emphasis added].169 Thus, RTI Act is applicable to all such NSFs being deemed 'public authorities'.170
The Hon'ble Minister continued that, so far as BCCI is concerned, the Government of India has been treating it as an NSF and has been approving its proposals for holding events in India and participating in international events abroad.[emphasis added] The answer of the Minister clearly shows that the Government of India has been treating BCCI as a NSF, and therefore it should also be treated as a 'public authority' in terms of section 2(h) of the RTI Act.
6.26 Further, reference may also be made to the Reply dated July 27, 2016 to the Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 142 by Shri Vijay Goel, the then Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports. In this reply, the Hon'ble Minister, elaborating on the 'pivotal role' of NSFs in promotion of various sports disciplines, listed the following activities and programmes as undertaken by various NSFs:
"organization of national/international tournaments in the country, selection of sportspersons/teams, sending them for training and participation in international tournaments abroad, organization of training/coaching under renowned Indian and foreign coaches....".
And, it be noted that in relation to cricket, BCCI exclusively performs/undertakes these activities in as well as on behalf of India; thereby operating and functioning as the NSF for cricket.