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Opinions divided: Should BCCI come under RTI Act?
Power, Money and Corruption often walk hand in hand. As corruption stories about the world's richest cricket board unfolds in the morning newspaper everyday, millions of cricket fans in India feels betrayed, hurt and angry. In order to check upon the functioning of the BCCI, the sports ministry wants the cricket board to come under the ambit of the RTI. Opinions are divided amongst people as well.

Former Indian cricketer Ajit Wadekar does not want BCCI to fall under the RTI, as he said, “May be, the sports ministry of India is jealous of the cricket body, which is doing so well.” The BCCI is one of the most successful sports bodies , not only in India, but also the world. On the contrary, critics have blasted the BCCI for non transparency in their working. It is primarily due to this reason that many want the BCCI to come under RTI.

Apart from all the sports bodies, it is only the BCCI, which does not fall under the government, as a result of which, it also does not receive government funds. In fact, the BCCI has so much of money, enough for them to run many sports bodies in India. The BCCI receives their own funds from various sources, such as sponsors, broadcasting rights, team earnings etc.

If the BCCI falls under the RTI, there are some problems as well, which the cricket body might face. It is no rocket science that other sports bodies under the government has suffered in the day to day functioning. “Once you have BCCI under the control of the government, then progress is going to hinder and there will be lots of hurdles.”

 In spite of Wadekar's non reluctancy towards BCCI coming under the ambit of the RTI, the recent past scandals relating to corruption in BCCI makes us think otherwise. Some of their officials have had to step down or resign due to their involvement in IPL corruption. The most notable person being, N Srinivasan. The BCCI needs to have zero transparency and less accountability, which can only be realised when it falls under the ambit of RTI.

In the past as well, there were chances of BCCI coming under the BCCI should come under the RTI, but that could not materialise as well, where the BCCI was also not eager towards it. “The BCCI must re-consider their decision,” said Chetan Chauhan, former Indian opener. He feels that the BCCI can come under the RTI, but only under two conditions. He said, “One – the selection process should not come under the RTI and the other being sensitive issues like injuries.”

 It is not only Chetan Chauhan, who feels that the BCCI should come under RTI, but also an RTI activist, Subhash Chandra Agarwal who provides some logic to it as well. He explains in his article, “Public money is earned by BCCI through people’s craze for cricket in India taking the game just like a religion. If religious bodies like Tirupati and Vaishno Devi shrines can have administrative government control because of huge offerings of public money with these bodies, there is reason that BCCI funded through people’s craze for cricket may be declared a public-authority under RTI Act also.”

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