The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, in its 271st report on 'Performance of National Sports Development Fund and Recruitment and Promotion of Sportspersons', has expressed its anguish that the Sports Ministry has not acted upon its earlier directions.

"... It has come to notice that CPSUs are not adequately familiar with the existence of NSDF and they are by and large linking NSDF with CSR activities. The Committee, therefore, directs Department of Sports as well as Sports Authority of India to take all possible measures immediately to educate all the CPSUs on the difference between NSDF and their role in CSR so that funds can be mobilised for NSDF without any delay," said the report of the Committee headed by BJP Rajya Sabha member Satyanarayan Jatiya.

"The Committee notes with anguish that this issue was also pointed out in its previous Report on the same subject. However, no action seems to have taken in this regard and in case the awareness and familiarity about the NSDF among the CPSUs continue to languish as on date, the very purpose of NSDF would be defeated and Department of Sports/SAI would be responsible for the failure on their parts to popularise the same.

"The CPSUs are participating on development and promotion of sports...They are not aware of requirement for contribution to NSDF for promotion of excellence in sports, as well as broad-basing of sports. The Department of Sports and SAI have not properly familiarised NSDF to them and the role required from them in this regard. The Committee recommends that Department of Sports/SAI should make concerted efforts in co-ordinating with them in promotion of sports in perspective of extant National Sports Policy and encouraging them to make contribution to the NSDF," it said.

The NSDF was created in 1998 to mobilise resources from Government and non-Government organisations for promoting sports and sportspersons for achieving excellence, and to construct and maintain infrastructure as may be required for promotion of excellence in sports.

Its mandate allows it to take funds from the private sector for the promotion of sports in the country, and there is 100 per cent exemption from income tax on all contributions to the fund. The Committee praised the government for the wrestling and boxing facilities at the SAI Sonepat Center but felt that "excellence needs to be replicated for other sports disciplines".

Regarding NIS Patiala, the Committee recommended that SAI should provide more funds to the institute for the purchase of equipments for the use of the trainees there in view of next year's Olympic Games.

The Committee appreciated the efforts undertaken by Public Sector Undertakings and Public Sector Banks for the promotion of sports but expressed unhappiness over the lack of a definite sports policy in them. "...SAI needs to tie up with the concerned agencies so that a definite sports policy can be adopted by the PSUs and Banks for promotion of sports in the perspective of the National Sports Policy 2001 which envisage promotion of excellence in sports and broad-basing of sports.

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