Government Adds to Confusion on Transfer to SAI
By Prabhat Nair | Published: 12th December 2013 09:12 AM |
The transfer of the golf course here to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has landed in utter confusion and the government has added to it by mentioning that the ‘Golf Club’, instead of the ‘Golf Course’, will be transferred. The use of the word ‘Golf Club’ instead of ‘Golf Course’ in the government order has created confusion as to what exactly the government intends to hand over.
Golf Club is a private club registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary Scientific and Charitable Society Registration Act 1955, in 1984. The officials have questioned how the government will be able to transfer a private club registered under this Act. It was the 25 acre Golf Course taken over by the government during the previous LDF regime that was decided to be transferred to SAI. However, discrepancies have crept into the order dated November 19 issued by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, a copy of which is with Express, that says that the Golf Club will be transferred.
Though the government can recommend that the rights of the present Golf Club members be protected when handing over the golf course to SAI, it cannot say that the club will be given to another institution.
Moreover, the government has not specified the exact extent of land that will be given to SAI. There was no mention about the buildings or the other facilities at the course that is going to be transferred. It is pointed out that the government order was vague and did not specify anything.
Moreover, in the order it has been said that the transfer will be subject to the final decision on a case before the Supreme Court regarding the takeover by the government. However, no such case is pending in the Supreme Court and all the cases are now before the High Court, sources said and added that it was a grave mistake on the part of the government to have issued such an order without looking into the actual position.
It has been alleged that the Revenue Department, which is the custodian of the Thiruvananthapuram Golf Course, has been kept in the dark even as the Cabinet in-principle gave a nod to the proposal for the takeover by SAI. Revenue officials have alleged that they were not aware of the move.