Due to lack of proper vouchers, documents and copies of Tax and VAT return, the National Sports Council (NSC) recently sent back Bangladesh Football Federation’s (BFF) appeal for advanced settlement of Tk 10 crore out of the Tk 20 crore allocated by the government for the 2019-20 fiscal.
The game’s local governing body in January submitted expenditure of Tk 10 crore to the NSC for advanced settlement after disbursing Tk 5 lakh each to 63 District Football Associations (DFAs), Tk 5 to Tk 2 lakh each to clubs of Bangladesh Premier League, Bangladesh Championship League, First, Second and Third Division Football Leagues along with money spent for the national men’s team, women’s team and hosting of the Bangabandhu National Football Championship.
“It is not possible to have an advanced settlement of Tk 10 crore due to lack of detailed bill-vouchers, copies of taxes on source which is why the authority concerned has been requested to submit the proper documents of expenditure,” read an NSC letter to the BFF, issued on February 2.
“It is not true that they did not accept our papers; rather they asked us to submit supporting documents against the expenditures. We gave away Tk 5 lakh to each DFA, who spent it. NSC asked us whether it is possible to submit the supporting documents from the DFAs or submit an estimation of the expenditure regarding sectors of DFA expenditure,” BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said.
“This is not the first time that we got money from the government and gave them supporting documents. The finance wings of BFF and NSC is working together and we will submit the documents within four to five days,” said Shohag.
After the allocation of Tk 20 crore, BFF’s senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy and vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed told reporters that they would spend the money only on the senior men’s team, women’s team and development work, but the BFF is now spending it for clubs and DFAs.
“There is no guideline from the government on where to spend the money, rather we gave them an outline of the estimated expenditure and we are now spending money in line with that outline,” said Shohag.