New Delhi: The decision of giving tax exemptions to the International Cricket Council (ICC) has created ripples in the Central government. The ministers have objected the move to give Rs 45 crore tax waiver to the Council, which was proposed by the Finance Ministry.

The tax exemption was announced during the Cabinet meeting on Thursday. Though Congress, which claims to be a supporter of common man, is showing its displeasure for the exemption, but is not ready to pay much heed to it. The party is not blowing it out of proportion to avoid disparity within the government.

Sources informed that Sports Minister Ajay Maken, Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja and Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni were not in the favour of the proposal.

They said that ICC is a commercial entity which is not entitled to any tax waiver. Ajay Maken said that other sports entities could also demand for such waivers. ICC president Sharad Pawar, who also attended the meeting, remained noncommittal on the ministers’ objection.

The proposal of grating tax waiver of Rs 45 crore to ICC, which is hosting cricket World Cup, was taken during the Cabinet meeting. It was proposed by the Finance Ministry.

Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that this is the government’s decision which was taken by the Cabinet.

JPN/ Bureau