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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2097
ANSWERED ON:  27.03.2012
SPORTS FEDERATIONS UNDER RTI
SEEMA UPADHYAY
SUSHILA SAROJ
USHA VERMA
OM PRAKASH YADAV
MAHESHWAR HAZARI
Will the Minister of



YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS be pleased to state:-




(a) whether the Government proposes to bring various sports association/federations including the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the ambit of the Right to Information Act, 2005 so as to ensure transparency in their functioning;

(b) if so, the details thereof and the response of these federations and BCCI thereon;

(c) the progress made by the Government so far in this regard;

(d) whether the BCCI gets various concessions in income tax, custom duty etc. and land at concessional rates for stadia; and

(e) if so, the details thereof during the last three years and the current year?


ANSWER

MINISTER OF THE STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) IN THE MINISTRY OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS (SHRI AJAY MAKEN)

(a) to (c) The need for bringing National Sports Federations (NSFs) including BCCI under ambit of Right to Information Act, (RTI) 2005 has been voiced from to time to time. Accordingly Government in April, 2010 declared all the NSFs receiving grant of Rs.10.00 lakhs or more as Public Authority under Section 2(h) of the RTI, 2005. There are major court rulings for treating the National Sports Federation as a public authorities, especially in view of the state-like function discharged by them such as selection of the national team and control and regulation of sports in the country, which also make them amenable to the writ jurisdiction of High Courts under Article 226 of the Constitution of India Notwithstanding the above, the Government has proposed to bring all the National Sports Federations including BCCI under the RTI Act in the proposed Draft National Sports Development Bill, with provision of exclusion clause protecting personal/confidential information relating to athletes.

(d) & (e) In so far as BCCI, in particular, is concerned, Government of India has been treating BCCI as a National Sports Federation and approving the proposal of BCCI for holding the events in India and participation in international events abroad. The Central Government does not extend any direct financial assistance to BCCI. But the Central Government has been granting concessions in income tax, customs duty, etc. to BCCI. The State Governments also have provided land in many places to the Cricket Associations.

As per the Section 80(G) 92) (viii) (c) and sum paid by the assesses, being a company, in the previous year as donations to the Indian Olympic Association or to any other association or institutions established in India, as the Central Government may, having regard to the prescribed guidelines, by notifications in the officials gazette specify in this behalf for (i) the development of infrastructure for sports and games; (ii) the sponsorship of sports and games. For being eligible under the above Act BCCI was registered under Section 12 (a) read with Section 17 (a) as an charitable institution and was availing tax exemptions. Department of Revenue has informed that the registration granted to BCCI under section 12A of the Act was withdrawn in December 2009 with effect from 1 June, 2006. As such BCCI has availed tax exemptions as a charitable organization till 30.06.2006 as per details given below:-

S.No.		Annual year		Amount of exemption


1. 1997-1998 Rs.11,01,44,329/-

2. 1998-1999 Rs.18,18,20,87,740/-

3. 1999-2000 Rs.8,37,14,734/-

4 2000-2001 Rs.36,01,22,999/-

5. 2001-2002 Rs.42,98,07,762/-

6. 2002-2003 Rs.31,46,41,089/-

7. 2003-2004 Rs.26,28,78,110/-

8. 2004-2005 Rs.33,46,89,451/-

9. 2005-2006 Rs.32,99,98,557/-

10. 2006-2007 Rs.127,51,52,718/-

From 2007-2008 onwards assessee’s registration under section 12A of the Act has been withdrawn and assessed income has also been indicated as under:-

S.No.		Annual year		Amount of exemption


1. 1997-1998 Rs.11,01,44,329/-

2. 1998-1999 Rs.18,18,20,87,740/-

3. 1999-2000 Rs.8,37,14,734/-

4 2000-2001 Rs.36,01,22,999/-

5. 2001-2002 Rs.42,98,07,762/-

6. 2002-2003 Rs.31,46,41,089/-

7. 2003-2004 Rs.26,28,78,110/-

8. 2004-2005 Rs.33,46,89,451/-

9. 2005-2006 Rs.32,99,98,557/-

10. 2006-2007 Rs.127,51,52,718/-

Further, Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Revenue) has informed that no specific exemption of Customs, Central Excise duty and Service Tax has been extended to BCCI in the last three years and the current year, except an exemption for temporary import of specified sports, medical, photographic, broadcast and office equipment for the purpose of organizing the International Cricket Council World Cup 2011 as per Notification No.07/11-Customs, dated 9.2.11.

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