|Thursday, July 02, 2009|
|Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports|
WITHDRAWAL OF THE CONSTITUTION (SIXTY FIRST AMENDMENT) BILL, 1988 PROPOSING TRANSFER OF THE SUBJECT ‘SPORTS’ FROM THE STATE LIST TO THE CONCURRENT LIST OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA
|The Union Cabinet today has approved withdrawal of the Constitution (Sixty First Amendment) Bill, 1988 proposing transfer of the subject ‘Sports’ from the State List to the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India.
At present, ‘Sports’ is a State subject under Entry No.33 of List-II (State List) of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India.
The Cabinet had, at its meeting held on 29.08.1988, approved the proposal to transfer the subject of ‘Sports’ from the State List to the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India. The main objective behind the proposal was to ensure effective implementation of the National Sports Policy, 1984, especially broad-basing of sports, to regulate the conduct and management of sports and to achieve all round excellence in sports.
Based on the Cabinet approval, the Constitution (61st Amendment) Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha on 24th November, 1988 proposing the transfer of the subject of ‘Sports’ from State List to Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.
The 61st Amendment Bill is still pending in the Rajya Sabha. The proposal was discussed in the Conference of State Sports Ministers in September 1983 and at the all political parties meetings in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. The Ministry had also written to all the Chief Ministers seeking their support, but the required support could not be obtained. Overall, it has not been possible to evolve a consensus on this issue even though 20 years have elapsed since the Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha. As the Constitution Amendment Bill for shifting the ‘Sports’ to the Concurrent List does not seem possible because of lack of required support from the State Governments, the Cabinet has decided that it need not be pursued any more at this stage.