Farooq slams Maken`s comments on sports bill
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 18:11
  
New Delhi: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday took exception to Sports Minister Ajay Maken's remarks on Union Cabinet's "internal deliberations" on the National Sports Development Bill, accusing him of violating oath of secrecy.

"No Minister has the right to brief about internal deliberations of the Cabinet until and unless decided by the Cabinet as it is the violation of the oath of secrecy," Abdullah, who is the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association said.

Abdullah said Maken should look at the stadia which are under his control and ensure their good upkeep so that athletes get a chance to compete at international level.

"He has violated the secrecy clause of the Cabinet and we will take it up deliberately at the next Cabinet Meeting," said the Minister who was present in the Cabinet meeting where the draft of bill presented by the Sports Minister was rejected.

The Minister also told a TV channel that there was nobody who was against RTI.

"There is nobody who is against RTI. None of us. I think Ajay Maken should realise that whatever happens in meeting cannot be discussed outside. What kind of Minister is he? We are not against RTI. What is there to hide. They (BCCI) are not getting any money from Government of India at all. So what sort of thing is he asking," he said.

He, however, added that he did not wish to take up the matter with the Prime Minister.

The Bill presented by Maken aimed at putting a age cap of 70 years for the heads of the sports bodies and also put them under the ambit of the Right to Information Act thus bringing more transparency in their affairs.

The Bill in the present form however was rejected during the Cabinet meeting attended by several ministers who have interests in the management of the sports and Maken was asked to come with a different draft of the Bill.

Maken had said the condition to bring sports bodies under the RTI Act will remain in the new draft as well.

"I am sorry whatever he says. I am sad about it. The way he goes around saying it is in the national interest. Thats all I heard. We are not against national interest. Let that be known to Mr Maken...new bill will come, we will look into the bill and after that Cabinet will decide," Abdullah said.

PTI Dalits’ Lokpal draft to be submitted to Parl panel New Delhi: Claiming that the versions of the Lokpal Bill with the government are "incomplete", a group of Dalit and minority leaders will tomorrow submit their version of the anti-graft law to the Parliamentary Standing Committee dealing with the issue.

The delegation led by Udit Raj, Chairman of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, will meet Standing Committee chairman Abishek Singhvi and submit their version of the proposed law -- the 'Bahujan Lokpal Bill' -- for consideration of the Parliamentary panel.

The group will seek the inclusion of monetary corruption, socio-political corruption and religion-based corruption besides other issues.

"The versions of government, Jan Lokpal Bill by Team Anna and NCPRI's bill are incomplete versions to deal with corruption holistically. These versions do not address the issues of SC/ST/OBC and minorities," a statement released by the group said.

The Dalit and minority community activists had earlier complained that their voices were being ignored both by the 'civil society' and the government.

"Our draft will protect minority community by bringing the funds allocated for minority welfare also under the ambit of Lokpal," Raj said.

The Bahujan Lokpal draft envisages bringing NGOs, corporate houses and media under the ambit of Lokpal. Another provision includes reservation for minorities in the 11-member Lokpal Committee.

Raj said they wanted their draft also to be considered by the government and they were for a final version of the bill that incorporates provisions from the Jan Lokpal draft, the Government's draft, the NCPRI draft and also the Bahujan Lokpal society draft.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 18:11


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