CAG report on Commonwealth Games in Monsoon session: Vinod Rai

Last Updated: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 22:14

New Delhi: The government auditor CAG on Friday
said it will soon finalise its report on the conduct of
Commonwealth Games which will be tabled in the next session of
Parliament.



"Yes...certainly," the Comptroller and Auditor General
(CAG) said when asked if the CWG report would be tabled in the
Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Rai said his office is in the final stages of drafting
the CWG report. "It is being finalised. We could not table it
in the Budget session as it was truncated," he added.



The CAG report on CWG could not be tabled in the Budget
session of Parliament which got curtailed on account of
assembly elections in five states.



The Budget session which usually continues till May was
closed on March 25.



The CAG had in November last year said that it was
conducting a broad-based audit of the overlays involved in the
Games and a report would be ready by January.



The two-week long Commonwealth Games (CWG), held here
between October 3-14, 2010, cost the nation an estimated Rs
70,000 crore.
The Organising Committee (OC) of the Games is in the
thick of allegations of corruption, ranging from favouritism
in award of various contracts to expensive hire of training
equipment and inflating costs of building contracts.



CAG, according to sources, is vetting the expenditures
incurred on different CWG related projects.



During the course of the audit, the CAG had send audit
memos to the Organising Committee seeking their response on
the findings.



In a communication to the OC in December, the CAG had
said that some of the items for the Games were procured at
prices higher than the market rates.



The OC had overstated rates of the items contracted by
allowing some sellers to form a cartel, which then put in
costlier bids, according to the memo.



Further, the auditor in another memo had pointed out that
former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had been paid 30,000 USD
(about Rs 13 lakh) for attending 12 meetings of the
Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and for his
consultancy services.



Tharoor had rendered the consultancy services between
September, 2008 and January, 2009, before he took charge as a
minister.



Other agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation,
Enforcement Directorate and Central Vigilance Commission are
investigating the officials of the OC.



PTI



First Published: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 22:14

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