In a recent turnaround of events within Indian paralympic sports, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has suspended the national federation for Paralympics, citing a violation of the sports code of conduct in the federation’s decision to sack its president Rao Inderjit Singh. The recent development comes after the Paralympic Committee of India came under the scanner for turfing out Singh by means of a majority vote. The suspension order issued by the Ministry makes it clear that the federation has been de-recognised due to its sheer misgovernance. The charges seemed clean-cut in a letter issued by the Ministry. “Explanation had been sought from PCI vice Ministry’s notices dated 11.07.19 and 29.08.19 on the complaint. The explanation furnished by PCI was found unsatisfactory,” said the letter.
Besides, the Annual General Meeting and Special General Meeting conducted by the PCI earlier this year were deemed null and void, paving its way to the suspension order. “Bye-laws of PCI have been amended without bringing the same to the consideration of District Registrar of Societies, in violation of the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 and Rules 1961,” the Ministry said.
The letter further added,” The Government hereby suspends the recognition of PCI with immediate effect till further orders. PCI is directed to comply with the Sports Code and ensure good governance practices in its internal functioning.” The suspension is, however, looked upon to exert an upsetting influence upon the growth of already sidelined paralympic sports in India. It was never a bed of roses for the federation, as this is however not the first time that it has been penalised for a rule violation. The PCI had also been suspended in the year 2015 over governance disputes only to be re-recognised a year later.