The Sports Ministry today served Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation an ultimatum that they either merge into a unified national body in two days or face stern action.
The government took the decision after a meeting of the Sports Minister Ajay Maken with office-bearers of both HI and IHF to work out an amicable solution to the long-standing feud between the two bodies over recognition and power-sharing.
"We have given a balanced proposal to HI and IHF with equal importance to both the federations. We have given them time till Tuesday evening to send their response in writing.
We have told them to give us a joint response instead of separate ones," Maken told reporters after the meeting here.
"If they don't agree we will take action and also inform the Supreme Court as the matter is sub-judice," he said.