Gurudatta Bhakta, the Secretary of Goa Olympic Association, wants
Sports Associations to be kept outside the purview of the RTI Act. In
other words, he wants office bearers of the various Associations to
hold power without adhering to the basic principles of accountability
and transparency, which are the hallmarks of a true democratic
society. If the Office bearers of Associations do not want to be
answerable to the Public, they need to voluntarily step down and make
way for others to take over. There can be no different way about it.
Many Associations today have the same set of members in the managing
committee for the last several years. Some for more than 10, others
for more than 20 and yet others for more than 30 years. These managing
committee members neither want to function properly nor do they want
to give up their chairs which they are holding on to so tightly. It is
strange that Mr. Bhakta is trying to stand up for these members who
have been flouting one law after another and bending one rule after
Associations have always had a monopoly over the sport. They prepare
draws, they select teams that represent the State, they have seeding
systems in place, they make rules, etc and any wrong decision they
take can harm and ruin a player's career. So when they perform
functions of public nature, i.e. functions that govern the interests
of the public, why then must they be held not accountable?
As such, the GOA Secretary's letter to the SAG Executive Director is
highly condemnable. The time for transparency and accountability has
come. We need to come together and stand up to demand more
transparency and accountability from all our sports bodies.Those who
cannot perform must perish!
Secretary, Panjim Tbale Tennis Club
The full text of Mr. Gurudatta Bhakta's letter to the SAG Executive
Director is appended below:
1st August, 2012
Mr. Elvis Gomes
The Sports Authority of Goa,
Indoor Stadium Complex,
PANAJI – GOA
The matter of applicability of RTI to State Sports Associations was
discussed at the Annual General Body Meeting of Goa Olympic
Association. Mr. Vero Nunes of Goa Table Tennis Association brought to
the notice that the RTI Act as passed by the Parliament is applicable
when there is substantial funding from the Government.
The word substantial denotes an amount anywhere between ` 25 lakhs to
a crore, which is also been given a ruling by the I C.
The scenario in Goa is that under the provision of RTI people have
been demanding various information from the State Sports Associations
for periods extending up to 15 & 20 (fifteen & twenty) years.
The State Sports Associations are organizations run by Office Bearers
who have volunteered their services. The amount of grants issued to
these State Sports Associations reaches barely a few thousand rupees.
The amount paid towards expenses of participants of various National
Championships are considered as grants to Associations which is
The Sports Authority of Goa has vide its Gazette included all Sports
Associations under the Act.
The above has created undue inconveniences to all Associations & a lot
of time, energy & money is wasted on matters which are sometimes
We therefore request the Sports Authority of Goa to immediately take
creative steps & issue necessary corrigendum of withdrawal of the said
(GURUDATTA D. BHAKTA)
C.C. All Associations registered under G.O.A.