CWG: Govt refuses follow-up info on Shunglu report
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 18:17
New Delhi: Government has declined to disclose details of follow-up action on the Shunglu Committee report on large scale financial and managerial irregularities in Commonwealth Games related projects.

Replying to an RTI query, the Prime Minister's Office cited an exemption clause of the transparency act and denied details of correspondence with different ministries and departments on the Shunglu panel reports.

The PMO said that correspondence relating to the matter is the subject of a Group of Ministers (GoM) which is to look into issues relating to the reports of the High Level Committee and consider the views expressed on its findings and recommendations by the concerned ministries/departments/ governments.

"As such the correspondence constitutes papers for the Group of Ministers. In terms of rule 6 (4) of the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, a group of Ministers is an ad hoc committee of the Cabinet.

"As such, the information sought is exempt from disclosure in terms of Section 8 (1) (i) of the Right to Information Act, 2005," the PMO said in reply to an RTI query.

It was asked to give details of action being taken on Shunglu Committee reports and provide copies of all correspondences from PMO with concerned Ministries and Departments including their replies.

The Section bars disclosure of "cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers" provided that the decisions of Council of Ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had last year announced a high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to look into various lapses in executing projects related to mega sporting event held here between October 3-14, 2010.

The Committee has submitted six reports - on host broadcasting, Commonwealth Games Village, city infrastructure, games venues, Organising Committee and Organisation and Conduct of Commonwealth Games 2010, to the PMO.

The PMO had then asked the ministries/departments concerned to give its replies which are now being examined by a GoM specifically constituted to look into the matter.

The Prime Minister had on August 2 this year constituted a ministerial panel, headed by Defence Minister A K Antony, to examine the findings of the Shunglu Committee and submit its report within three months.

The GoM was asked to recommend the course of action on each of the recommendations of the committee, which would include disciplinary, criminal and civil action against persons/agencies/contractors indicated in the reports.


First Published: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 18:17

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