Against the backdrop of allegations of spot-fixing during IPL matches, Union minister Ajay Maken on Sunday said the BCCI — the national governing body for cricket in India — should come under the ambit of the RTI Act. "BCCI should agree to come under RTI. Any organisation entrusted with job of selecting a National Team can not call itself a private body," Maken, who till recently held the sports portfolio, tweeted.
Maken, who holds housing portfolio at present, said the Centre has already taken a stand before Central Information Commission (CIC) that the BCCI should be under the ambit of the Information law. During his stint in the sports ministry, Maken had tried to bring transparency in sports bodies through the sports Bill. But following divergent views within the Cabinet, he was asked to redraft certain provisions. In December, 2011 the sports ministry had informed the CIC that there are "just and reasonable grounds" for bringing BCCI under RTI. According to section 2(h) of RTI Act, even a non-government organisation comes under the ambit of the transparency law if it is substantially financed, "directly or indirectly" by funds provided by the appropriate government.