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Shunglu committee seeks info on alleged recruitment scam

Last Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 15:02

New Delhi: The high-level Shunglu
Committee, appointed by the Prime Minister to look into
corruption in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, has
sought information from the public about the alleged
recruitment scam in the Organising Committee.

It has sought information whether relatives and
acquaintances of certain influential people were given
preferences by changing eligibility criteria to pave way for
them into the Games OC.

"The committee has received complaints to the effect
that a large number of candidates, who were not qualified,
were appointed against various posts...

"It has been represented that several of these
candidates are relatives of VIPs or friends of office bearers
of the Organising Committee. It has been stated that some have
been given salaries disproportionate to their qualifications
and experience," Shunglu committee said.

It has also put a list of about 2,100 personnel, who
were employed with the OC between May 2009 and November 2010,
along with the details of their designation and salary drawn.

"Anyone who wants to share any information about these
persons, their relationship, their experience and salary drawn
etc., may please send their information," it said.

The move assume significance as both the Central
Vigilance Commission and the Income Tax department is
inquiring into the irregularities in the employment process
amid allegations that many were `ghost employees`.

The IT department has asked it to furnish details of
muster rolls, documents pertinent to selection of workforce,
salary and tax deduction at source among others.

The sources said the CVC has asked the Chief Vigilance
Officer of the Sports Ministry to probe irregularities in the
whole employment process.

The OC has at present about 250 employees, who are
being relieved in a phased manner, the sources said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 25 last
year appointed the Committee under the chairmanship of former
Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to look into
corruption in several works carried out for the mega sporting
event. The Committee was asked to submit its report within
three months time.

The CVC is inquiring into over 30 complaints related
to alleged corruption in the Games works carried out by
different civic and construction agency. It includes overlays
works, workforce selection, hiring of equipment and public
relation related projects executed by OC.

Besides, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has
registered four FIRs naming some of the close aides of OC
chairman Suresh Kalmadi for alleged criminal conspiracy and
financial irregularities in executing certain contracts.

The CBI has also questioned Kalmadi in connection with
its cases.


First Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 15:02

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