Sports Ministry derecognises Paralympic Committee of India

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) derecognised the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for violating National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.

Key Highlights

Government has suspended PCI in accordance with provisions under clause I (ix) and clause I (x) of Annexure-III of National Sports Development Code of India 2011.

Issue: In a letter addressed to Secretary-General of Paralympic Committee of India Chandrashekhar J. it was mentioned that a complaint was received against PCI from Rao Inderjit Singh regarding his removal from President’s post of PCI. Therefore, an explanation was sought from PCI through Ministry’s notices dated from 11 July to 29 August 2019. However, the explanation was not found satisfactory and hence the action was been taken.

Explanation provided: On 4 May 2019, PCI had conducted an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in which a resolution was adopted that barred public servants from getting elected to its executive. Thereby, Rao Inderjit Singh was removed as President by a majority vote.

Government Response: It was after removal of Rao Inderjit Singh PCI’s President that the government found PCI failing the good governance practices and also held them accountable for violating its own constitution as well as National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 in removing the elected President.

MYAS has also cited district’s registrar’s order, according to which amendment of byelaws is seen as a violation of Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 and 1961.

About Paralympic Committee of India

PCI was founded in 1992. It was then earlier named as ‘Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India’.

It is the national body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at Paralympic Games (or Paralympics) as well as other international athletic meets.

PCI also manages Indian teams at these events.

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