Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Governor has promulgated an Ordinance amending several provisions of the Kerala Sports Act 2000 including the one to rename Kerala State Sports Council as Kerala State Sports Authority.

A major change proposed by the Ordinance is the deletion of the provision to have sports councils at the town and block levels as proposed in the original Act. Besides, there would be no elections to the various posts in the District Sports Council from now on as the Ordinance permits only nomination to the said official positions.

Several changes have also been brought about in the structure of the Kerala State Sports Authority with the Ordinance omitting the earlier provision relating to the direct election of three MLAs to the general body of the KSSC from among the members of the State Legislative Assembly through a single transferable vote and replacing it with the provision of enabling the Government in office to nominate the same number of MLAs to the general body of the KSSA.

The Ordinance has also expanded the scope of the Government to nominate the Secretaries of the General Education, Higher Education and Local Self Government Departments, the Secretary, Sports Authority of India, the Director of Tourism and a representative of the Kerala Olympic Association as ex-officio members of the KSSA along with the Minister in charge of Sports, who will be the chairman of the KSSA, the Secretary of the Sports Department and the Finance Secretary (Expenditure).

The entire provision under the head, "elected members" in the original Act has been omitted by the Ordinance and replaced by the provision of nomination of one person each from among the Mayors, District Panchayat presidents, Block Panchayat presidents, Village Panchayat presidents, one member from each recognised State Sports Organisations, one member from each District Sports Councils, one member each from the Universities and the University team captains from each University of the State, a public man, a coach, a representative of the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industries and a representative from among the recognised organisations of Physically Handicapped sportsmen. This is besides the provision for the nomination of four Physical Education Directors from the Universities in the State, two sports experts having international standard, of whom one shall be a woman, and a sports correspondent as proposed in the original Act.

At the district-level, the District Panchayat president of the district concerned would be the patron of the respective DSCs, while the District Collector would be the president and the City Police Commissioner/District Superintendent of Police would be the vice-president of the DSCs concerned. The post of secretary in each DSCs would be held by a Gazetted Officer nominated by the Government.

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