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Friday, August 5, 2011

CWG SCAM: CAG drags PMO in CWG mess!

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New Delhi, Deccan Herald / Aug 5 (PTI).

Dragging the PMO in the CWG mess, CAG today said Suresh Kalmadi had been appointed Organising Committee chief at its behest in 2004 despite ''serious objections'' and highlighted how wasteful expenditure worth several hundred crore rupees was caused in organising it.

In its voluminous report on the October 2010 mega sporting event, the CAG found "irregularities", "favouritism" and "bias" in award of contracts for various projects like construction and development of Games venues and Village, infrastructure development and beautification in Delhi and broadcasting rights.

The government auditor also faulted the government for not setting up a "single point of authority and accountability" and said there was "lack of clear governance structure, a multiplicity of coordination committees were created, disbanded and reconstituted at different points of time." Referring to the controversial appointment of Kalmadi, the CAG said, "The (CWG) bid document of May 2003 envisaged the OC as a 'government-owned registered society' with the Chairman of OC Executive Board (EB) being a government appointee, and the IOA President being only the EB Vice Chairman."

However, "the OC was ultimately set up in February 2005 as a 'non-government registered society' with the IOA President Shri Suresh Kalmadi as the Chairman of the OC EB," it pointed out.

The CAG said "despite serious objections" from the then Sports Minister late Sunil Dutt, Kalmadi was "appointed as the OC Chairman, based on a PMO recommendation of December 2004.

"This decision facilitated conversion of the originally envisaged government-owned OC into a body outside governmental control without commensurate accoutability to government and concomitant controls to ensure propriety and transparency (despite full financial guarantee and funding from government)." The auditor said attempts in 2007 by then Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and then Sports Secretary S K Arora with the PMO, the Group of Ministers and the Cabinet Secretariat, "highlighting the ineffective position of the Sports Ministry in exercising control over the OC, met with strong resistance from the Chairman OC, and were hence rendered unfruitful."

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