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Mass transfer in SAI to restructure functioning.

IN A surprise move, the Sports Authority of India ( SAI) has transferred 11 officials, and sent most of them to centres outside Delhi.

SAI director general Jiji Thomson said the move was an " administrative exigency and a necessity." SAI has often drawn flak for its lackadaisical functioning.

Thomson took over as SAI head three months ago and heads have started to roll already.

Radhica Sreeman and Roque Dias are two of the senior administrators to have been moved out of the Delhi headquarters to Sonepat and Bhopal centres respectively.

" We are trying to restructure the SAI and put the right people at the right places. We need SAI officials in centres where the athletes train," Thomson told M AIL T ODAY . " I am well aware that those who have been transferred are crying foul. This was an administrative exigency. There were chief vigilance commissioner's guidelines, cases against many of the officials, and not much constructive was happening in the administration," he said.

The wholesale changes have led some officials to label charges of favouritism. " There are people who have remained in various departments for ages and still nothing has been done to them. Those who have a political clout have been retained," said one of the transferred officials.

Manjushree Roy, who was handling the media, has been given additional charge of the swimming pool at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee complex while Manmeet Singh will have the additional charge of equipment support along with the shooting ranges at the Karni Singh complex. " Executive director LS Ranavat at NIS, Patiala, has been sitting there since 2002. Doesn't he fall under CVC guidelines?" questioned another official.

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Date:Jun 13, 2013
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