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Announcers, caterers also await payment

The scam-tainted CWG Organising Committee (OC) may have begun to clear its outstanding dues to foreign firms that provided various services in the October Games, but back home there are several companies and individuals who are yet to be paid. Moushumi Das Gupta reports.

delhi Updated: Feb 05, 2011 23:49 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta

The scam-tainted CWG Organising Committee (OC) may have begun to clear its outstanding dues to foreign firms that provided various services in the October Games, but back home there are several companies and individuals who are yet to be paid.

One of them is Vikram Nayar, who had been hired as an announcer in the Kadarpur Shooting Range at Rs 4,500 per day.

But now that the Games are over, Nayar says the OC has gone back on its word and is refusing to pay him more than Rs 1,500 per day. "It is very disappointing," he said.

However, Jarnail Singh, the OC chief executive officer, counters, "Rates for the announcers were fixed by experts and there were different categories of announcers. For Mr Nayar, the rate was fixed at Rs 1,500 per day. His cheque will be dispatched in a day or two." He has also claimed that the committee will clear all the outstanding dues of the Indian firms before February 15.

Then there are the various venue caterers who also awaiting payments.

Ramesh Dang of Seven Seas has been forced into doing innumerable rounds of the committee's headquarters on Jai Singh Marg in Central Delhi to claim outstanding dues amounting to Rs 4 crore.

"The last time I went there, I was assured that my payments would be cleared by February 10. I am just keeping my fingers crossed," he says.

Another Rs 4 crore payment has to be cleared by the committee.

Patanjali Shukla of Aggarwal Food Products, another venue caterer, says, "Initially, the organising committee told us that they would give us running payments during the Games, but it did not honour its commitment. Whenever I go there now, I am assured that all my pending dues will soon be cleared but so far I haven't got anything."

He says his firm is bleeding as it had taken loans to meet the Games catering costs and is still paying huge interests. Other caterers like the Indian Railway Catering and the Mumbai-based Gravis, whose dues run into several crores, too are yet to receive their payments.

The OC is also dilly-dallying on clearing the Rs 2.56 crore it owes to the DMRC for the free metro rides to the Games' volunteers and spectators in October.

Each ticket to the events had come with two perforated strips, each for a free metro ride from point A to B.

Singh says, "Recently we have cleared payments worth Rs 114.84 crore that was due to foreign firms. We are aware of the payments we have to make and are in the midst of processing them."