New Delhi, Mar 31 (IANS): The government said Tuesday that all National Sports Federations (NSFs) receiving a grant of Rs.1 million or more will be considered a public authority and will come under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The government issued the order after taking into consideration various issues, including the fact that the NSFs are using government resources to prepare national teams for international events as well as promotion of sports.
"They receive special privileges and substantial funding from the government for the purpose and hence are substantially financed by the government," an official statement said.
The sport ministry has asked all NSFs to immediately designate Central Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities under Section 5 of the RTI Act.
"They (NSFs) have been asked to fulfill their obligations of being a Public Authority, with respect of voluntary disclosure of information as per Section 4 of the RTI Act and send the compliance to the ministry latest by April 15 along with making available the relevant information on their websites," the statement added.