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BCCI wants to know how state bodies spent annual subsidies

Despite coming under the BCCI banner, each state association has different style of working and undertaking cricketing activities.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Chennai | Updated: August 8, 2015 11:42:48 am
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THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a three-page letter to all its association where they have asked them to submit their vision document 2020, how they spent their annual subsidy given by the board and what kind of activities each association conducts every year. This is the first time that BCCI has sought details of expenditure undertaken by its state associations and is trying to make state bodies accountable.

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In a letter sent to all its state associations, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur writes, “BCCI has been distributing huge amount of subsidy since 2005 to the state units. We are now in the process of documenting the steps taken by the state units to develop and promote the game of cricket in the last decade.”

Thakur adds that many of the state associations have done wonders and others can surely learn from them.

The BCCI has sought information on:

1) Construction or refurbishment of international stadium

2) Creation of cricket facilities at the district level

3) Creation of cricket academy and its activities

4) Domestic tournaments in your associations

5) Welfare measures undertaken by your association.

Despite coming under the BCCI banner, each state association has different style of working and undertaking cricketing activities. Some of the associations like Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Gujarat, Jharkhand have managed to enhance their facilities with new stadiums and indoor activities. There are many associations who still don’t have any ground and neither do they have much cricketing activities to boast of.

The board has asked each association to submit all the details with supporting photographs.

“Any other development of a significant nature like residential academies etc. Some state units take care of the schooling and cricket development of the selected boys and girls. Please accord this matter as top priority,” Thakur adds.

In another letter, Thakur says, as per the existing guidelines, an affiliated unit can claim reimbursement of expenses incurred under infrastructure subsidy from the BCCI for the purchase of land for a cricket ground as well as construction of facilities like dressing rooms. The BCCI has a scheme whereby it gives infrastructure subsidy to state units which is limited to a maximum of Rs 50 crore.

“We have come across some claims for items other than that for infrastructure development or in some cases the relevant documents for purchase of land are not enclosed and in some cases the auditors certificate is not enclosed. This leads to undue delay in clearing the files for release of payment,” Thakur says in his letter.

Vision 2020

The BCCI wanted to involve its member units in setting up the vision 2020 document for the game. The Indian board wants each association to come up with ideas as to how they intend to promote cricket in their state.

“I have to request you to take this up as an agenda of your managing committee and come up with vision document 2020 for your association. Please send us your vision 2020 documents by September 15,” Thakur writes in his third letter.

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