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Monday, August 8, 2011

CWG SCAM: How the nation's money went up in smoke!


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August 5, 2011 / Agencies, New Delhi / DC.

Commonwealth Games mascot Shera, Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit hold the Queen's Baton as the baton relay arrives in New Delhi - AFP file photo
Commonwealth Games mascot Shera, Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit hold the Queen's Baton as the baton relay arrives in New Delhi - AFP file photo.

Things as simple as charging different prices for the same item in different clusters of delivery caused a loss of nearly Rs.11.06 crore during the Commonwealth Games, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said in its 743-page report - spread over 33 chapters.

The report also claims that the CWG budget saw a massive increase since India submitted its bid in 2003. In the May of 2003, an estimate of Rs.296 crore was laid out but when the spectacle was held on August, 2010, it cost the nation a staggering Rs.28, 054 crore.
And everything from potted plants to medical equipment is alleged to have gone through twisted pricing methods.
Treadmill prices that'll make you sweat
Calling it a bizarre case, the CAG observed that one of the vendors, Pico-Deepali offered different rates for the same item.
Citing some examples, it showed the price of first-aid kit varying between Rs.4, 741 to Rs.3, 934; tissue paper varying between Rs.1, 580 to Rs.1, 314; while a water dispenser's price varied between Rs.11, 852, and Rs.9, 855.
A six-by-six solid garbage container's minimum price was Rs.91, 976 and the maximum was Rs.1, 16, 446. Price of a treadmill varied from Rs.5, 35, 654 to Rs.4, 59, 879, and same was the case with other physical fitness equipment.
Ten times more than the price
Moreover, the prices paid for several items were almost double their price declared at the customs at the time of import.
That wasted money hasn't gone in flames but went into the pockets of the corrupt Nethas, Babus, Petty Traders and middlemen and every Rupee must be recovered from them!

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