New Delhi : The union sports ministry on Wednesday virtually clamped down on junkets abroad by officials of the Indian Olympic Association and the National Sports Federations (NSFs) by asking them to furnish by Aug 20 the details of their trip to Glasgow.
The move comes in the wake of the unsavoury incidents involving two Indian officials at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Saturday. The IOA and the sports federations have been asked to furnish details of the delegates and the expenditure incurred on their trip during the Commonwealth Games.
Ajit Sharan, secretary sports, told IANS that he was aware of the developments in Glasgow and has asked the IOA to submit the details of the delegates and the expenses incurred on their trip.
“We have asked the IOA to furnish the details of the delegates and the expenses incurred by the them in Glasgow. Only after we get the list and other details can we think of any action,” he said.
Later in the evening the ministry said that IOA and the NSFs have to furnish the details of the entourage that was sent to Glasgow. “Further, as per the provisions under Section 4(2) of the RTI Act, 2005, it has been made incumbent upon all the public authorities to suo-moto disclose information on the various activities carried out by them. This is the requirement of good governance and transparency in sports bodies,” the ministry said in a press release.
“Complete details of officials who were sent to CWG by IOA/NSFs along with the amount paid such as air fare, boarding and lodging, local transportation, daily allowance etc,” the statement added.
The government guidelines have stumped the sports administrators as they will be uncomfortable in explaining how some of them got onto the gravy train to Glasgow.