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Banking Related General Awareness--BCCI under RTI Act --opposition from ministers

Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken's attempts to reform sports bodies seem to have hit a roadblock.

Sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday that some senior ministers were opposed to the Sports Development Bill, which seeks to bring Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under Right to Information Act (RTI) among other things.

Sources said ministers have reservations against certain provisions of the proposed bill. They plan to raise the objections after it is introduced for the Cabinet approval later in the day. They have objection particularly to fixing the retirement age and tenure of chiefs of sports bodies.

Some Opposition leaders have also expressed their reservations against the proposed bill. Interestingly, most of the sports bodies are headed by politicians without any change at the top for years.

Reacting to the Sports Bill, senior BJP leader V.K. Malhotra said, "It is draconian law and not acceptable to any international sports bodies. If age is the factor, then prime minister, Delhi chief minister and Pranab Mukherjee (Finance Minister) are all above 70."

Some BCCI members have called it a tool to harass the cricket body.

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