WED 04 Aug, 2021

Sports Ministry Declares SGFI Election Void

New Delhi : The Sports Ministry on 5th February asked School Games Federation of India (SGFI) to hold fresh elections, saying the body violated the National Sports Code in the polls conducted in December 29 and 30 2020.

SGFI had conducted elections at its AGM at Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu under the supervision of Retired Judge Syed Jafar Husain as  returning officer (RO).
However, the Ministry in a letter on Friday said that the election was “in violation of the provisions of Model Election Guidelines prescribed in National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI), 2011 which authorizes president of the concerned federation to appoint returning officer.” But Secretary General Mr Mishra has put RO of his choice without obtaining the consent of the President of SGFI.
As per the model election guidelines prescribed in the NSDCI, the power to appoint a RO vests with the president of the concerned federation, which is Sushil Kumar in this case.

SGFI is led by two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar being the President.

SPS Tomar, Deputy Secretary to the Government of India in a letter mentioned “It is stated that the entire process of election starting from appointment of Returning Officer without approval of President, SGFI, was in violation of NSDCI, 2011,” 
“You are therefore, requested to conduct re-election as per the provisions of Model Election Guidelines prescribed in National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.”

The Ministry on May 11 last year had given provisional recognition to 54 national sports federations till September, leaving out SGFI, Indian Golf Union (IGU) and Rowing Federation of India (RFI) on various grounds.

However, it later granted provisional annual recognition to SGFI till September 30, which was further renewed till December 31, pending the federation’s elections to elect the new office-bearers.

In December, V Ranjith Kumar was elected President, while Alok Khare got the post of secretary general and Mukhteh Singh Badesha became the treasurer and Rajesh Mishra the SGFI CEO in the elections.

The SGFI has also been in controversy for irregularities. Last December, Sushil Kumar had informed that an FIR has been filed against its secretary Rajesh Mishra for allegedly forging his signature to change the by-laws of the organisation.

Now SGFI is required to conduct fresh election again to form its new executive body.

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