Sports department officials debarred from holding posts in sports associations
- Sports department officials debarred from holding posts in sports associations
The on-going struggle towards transparency in government funded-sports
bodies by sports lovers and Right To Information (RTI) activists had
its first victory as the Goa government finally issued an advisory
debarring officials of the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs and
officials and employees of State-owned Sports Authority of Goa (SAG)
from holding elective posts in Sports Associations and Federations.
The issue was pursued with the government and Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar by sports lovers such as Sandeep Heble and Goa RTI Forum
which had been persistently opposing the stranglehold of government
officials and employees for years over such sports federations and
associations that seek grants and subsidies from government sports
department and SAG.
This information has been issued in an office memorandum issued by the
Chief Secretary, Goa, on July 18, to all the secretaries to government
and the heads of various government departments and others, RTI
activist Mr. Heble said on Wednesday releasing copies of the documents
he had obtained under the RTI Act recently.
The circular, which has been issued with the approval of Chief
Minister, clearly debars government servants, except with the previous
sanction of the government, from holding an elective post, or canvas
for a candidate or candidates for an elective office in any body,
whether incorporated or not.
Taking into consideration the likely conflict of interest, it has been
decided that the respective competent authorities should not accord
officers/ employees requesting prior sanction/ permission of the
government for holding elective posts in sports federations or
associations, it further stated.
In respect of those government officers/employees and employees of the
Department of Sports and Youth Affairs and the SAG who are already
holding elective posts on the basis of prior permission obtained
before the issue of this advisory , their cases should be reviewed and
no government officials or an employee shall be allowed to hold an
elective office in a sports federation\association for a term of more
than four years or for one term, whichever is less.
The advisory was sought to break monopoly of government officials over
Government servants have been stopped from canvassing for a candidate.