The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was tabled in the Parliament on Friday, indicts the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as the Organising Committee Chief. The report also indicts Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit for mis-spending in the Games’s preparation.
The report running into nearly 800 pages is damaging for the scam-tainted Congress party and the UPA government it leads at the centre since it has sucked into its vortex the party’s “best chief minister” Sheila Dikshit and also the PMO.
Addressing the media, Rekha Gupta, deputy CAG, said there were numerous instances of “single tendering” and the awarding of contracts to “ineligible vendors”.
The process was inconsistent so as to favour particular bidders, she said, while disclosing details of the report tabled in parliament earlier in the day.
Stating that there was “active involvement of the (Delhi) chief minister”, she said favours were granted to vendors who were not qualified.
The report states, “Suresh Kalmadi was appointed CWG OC Chairman on PMO’s recommendation of December 2004 despite objections from then sports minister.”
The report said the PMO was responsible for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman.
Besides the union sports and urban development ministry, the Delhi Development Authority, which reports to the Delhi Lt Governor, were indicted too.
The CAG pointed out financial irregularities in the purchase of low-floor buses, construction of bus shelters, street lighting and the LED light panels used on the buses of Delhi.
According to the CAG report, Sheila Dikshit has been blamed of costing the treasury Rs 31 crores in losses by approving inflated contracts (street lighting) during the preparations of the Commonwealth Games. Economic Times