Rules flouted in Pune Games: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General has found several irregularities in the infrastructure works carried out ahead of the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Mumbai: The Comptroller and Auditor General
(CAG) has found several irregularities in the infrastructure
works carried out ahead of the third Commonwealth Youth Games
(CYG), held in Pune in 2008.

Rules were openly flouted in the award of contracts for
constructions and procurement of equipment; certain firms,
including B G Shirke Construction Technology Ltd, were
favoured unduly, the CAG says.

However, the report, tabled on the last day of the winter
session of Maharashtra legislature yesterday, has not directly
indicted organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.
Addressing a press conference here today, Principal
Accountant General Mala Sinha said the report was restricted
to infrastructural development ahead of the games.

"Various committees were set up and role of an individual
cannot be highlighted. This is a failure as far as overall
supervision is concerned," she said.

The report says that apex committee and review committee
set up for CYG failed to oversee the arrangements closely. The
apex committee never met; review committee met only thrice.
Organising committee was in charge of the conduct of the
games. Apex committee, which never met, was headed by the
Chief Minister. It was responsible for obtaining funds from
the Centre.

Undue favour was shown to B G Shirke Construction
Technology Private Limited in award of contracts worth Rs
32.65 crore without tendering, and excess payment of Rs 45.79
lakh was made to it for installation of passenger elevators
due to application of incorrect rates, CAG says.

PTI

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