Sports minister: 'Government does its best to prevent betting'

BCCI president Anurag Thakur, during the Question and Answers session in the Parliament, had asked sports minister Vijay Goel for the government's views on legalising betting and enacting laws to prevent match-fixing.

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Sports minister Vijay Goel told BCCI president and BJP MP Anurag Thakur that government is doing its best to prevent betting.   -  Kamal Narang

Sports minister Vijay Goel, responding to Board of Control for Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur during the Question and Answers session in the Parliament on Thursday, said the government is trying its best to curb match-fixing and betting in the country.

Thakur, a BJP member of Parliament from Himachal Pradesh, had asked the government for its views on legalising betting and enacting laws to prevent match-fixing.

Sports minister Goel replied that betting’s there not just in sport but in other spheres of life and the government is trying its best to curb it. The minister added that betting in cricket will stop if there's an effective mechanism to prevent all forms of betting (except horse racing) in the society.

Responding to another query about bringing BCCI under the Right To Information (RTI) act, Goel said the ministry had written to the Central Information Commission (CIC) in 2011 and 2012 "pleading to bring BCCI under the RTI Act."

The minister then quoted the July 18 Supreme Court verdict, which states: "As a possible first step in the direction in bringing BCCI under purview of Right to Information Act, we expect the Law Commission of India to examine the issue and make a suitable recommendation to the Government."