Ministries, govt agencies to get CWG equipment free of cost

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved transfer of expensive equipments used during the Commonwealth Games, including the Rs 57-crore aerostat, from the CWG Organising Committee to different ministries and other government agencies "free of cost".

The aerostat, a large helium balloon which was used in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Games here, will go to the Defence Ministry while all the kitchen equipments will go to the Railways Ministry.

According to a press release, the Cabinet approved "handing over of the Aerostat and its accessories to the DRDO, free of cost on as-is-where-is basis, with waiving of customs duty, penalty, interest etc., on OC."

The Cabinet also gave a green signal to handing over of the "other Assets of the OC to various Government departments/Government Agencies, GNCTD, Schools run by Central and State Governments, free of cost, with the approval of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports."

The depreciated value of the all the equipment which would be transferred will be adjusted by the Organising Committee in its books of accounts towards repayment of government loan outstanding against it.

Other assets such as laptops, computers, printers, furniture will be handed over to IOA, NDMC and other local bodies at depreciated value and the amount recovered would be adjusted against the dues of OC to these organisations and "cash deposited by OC in Government Account".