Staggering salary for AIFF`s new general secretary

Updated: Oct 28, 2010, 15:54 PM IST

New Delhi: A staggering salary in excess of Rs 40 lakh per annum is what All India Football Federation (AIFF`s) next general secretary, Kushal Das, will be drawing after he takes over the post from November 1.

A former chief financial officer of the ICC, Das`s salary
would at least be three times more than what incumbent Alberto
Colaco is drawing at the moment.

The amount Das would be earning at the AIFF, however,
would still be three times less than what he was drawing
during his tenure as ICC CFO in Dubai, a top AIFF official
told PTI on condition of anonymity.

"He used to get three times of this salary when he was
with the ICC. There he would earn around USD 3 lakh per annum
(1 crore 35 lakh) compared to his USD 1 lakh with us," the
official said.

Compared to the Rs 1 lakh 30 thousand (inclusive of tax)
Colaco earns at the moment, Das will draw a monthly salary of
more than Rs 3 lakh.

It should be mentioned that the AIFF, in an executive
committee meeting in 2009, had given a hike of more than 100
per cent to Colaco. The Goan`s monthly salary jumped from Rs
60,000 to 1 lakh 30 thousand.

Asked if there was any particular reason behind paying
such a huge salary to Das, the AIFF reasoned that it was fixed
keeping in mind Das`s successful tenures at ICC and IMG
Pricewaterhouse Coopers and his reputation as a thorough
professional.

"He will be the most qualified professional in the
history of AIFF administration and he deserves that salary,"
the official said.

The 48-year-old Das, who will be based at the Football
House here, spent 12 years as CFO with IMG India and Korea
handling sports entertainment and media, after his stint with
ICC.

The decision to appoint Das was taken in an executive
committee meeting of the AIFF in Mumbai on October 9. All the
executive committee members had attended the meeting, which
was chaired by President Praful Patel.

Das beat Biwanjit Mitra in the race to claim the top job
in the federation.

"The executive committee approved the candidature of Das
and welcomed the decision with a hope to bring in
professionalism in the federation for the betterment of Indian
football," another AIFF official said.

In June last year Colaco had stated his desire to quit
the post after serving in the position for more than eight
years. He then served an extended term on president Praful
Patel`s insistence.

The 61-year-old Goan was appointed as general secretary
of the AIFF in 2000 and became the body`s first secretary in
2004.

PTI

New Delhi: The government is working on a proposal to appoint a development officer in each of the 2.4 lakh panchayats to facilitate proper implementation of its schemes, Rural Development Minister C.P. Joshi said Thursday.

The government spends lakhs of rupees for development in panchayats but there wasn`t enough back-up support for implementation of schemes to accelerate rural development, Joshi said at a national conference here of state ministers in charge of sanitation.

He suggested at the meet on accelerating the Total Sanitation Campaign that the panchayat development officer should be a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or a person with similar qualifications.

The officer would be assisted by people with technical and accounting skills besides those relating to extension services.

"Villages should get services of educated youth... We require different type of intervention at the grassroots... to play a role of catalyst and address the issues of quality of delivery," he said.

The minister said the proposal for appointment of panchayat development officers was being formulated by his ministry and would be implemented by the states.

He said that of 2,44,000 panchayats in the country, about 70,000 did not have a functional panchayat office.

He said the Total Sanitation Campaign had rapidly changed the sanitation map of India and should involve panchayats in a bigger way besides reaching out to school children in rural areas.

Secretary in the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation Arun Kumar Misra said an estimated 1.1 billion people in the world openly defecate and 58 percent were in India, mainly in rural areas.

He said work done so far under the sanitation campaign had covered only one percent of the poorest in the country.

"So far, we have done the thing that is easier. To reach to the poorest of the poor in the next five years will need more effort," he said.

United Nations Children`s Fund representative Karin Hulshof said every dollar spent on sanitation accrues benefit of nine dollars in terms of improved health, social and economic benefits.

The Total Sanitation Campaign, launched in 1999, aims at eradicating the practice of open defecation in a demand driven and participatory approach by involving panchayats and local communities.

The meeting aimed at accelerating the campaign in a mission mode and achieve the target of total sanitation by 2015, officials said.

IANS

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