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Sports department officials debarred from holding posts in sports associations

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  • Sandeep Heble
    Sports department officials debarred from holding posts in sports associations SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT The on-going struggle towards transparency in government
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      Sports department officials debarred from holding posts in sports associations

      SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

      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
      permission to

      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
      sports federations.

      Government servants have been stopped from canvassing for a candidate.

      Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/sports-department-officials-debarred-from-holding-posts-in-sports-associations/article5002284.ece
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