Is this the end of EGoM on Games?
With a lot of critical issues still to be resolved, the S. Jaipal Reddy-chaired Empowered Group of Ministers on the Commonwealth Games has been called off. Moushumi Das Gupta reports.delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2010 23:44 IST
With a lot of critical issues still to be resolved, the S. Jaipal Reddy-chaired Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on the Commonwealth Games has been called off.
With the Prime Minister and cabinet secretary stepping in to salvage the floundering Games preparations, sources in the Union Urban Development (UD) Ministry said the EGoM is not scheduled to meet again.
"There is no scheduled meeting of the EGoM before the Games. The last meeting was held on September 17," said a ministry official on condition of anonymity.
The official said the members felt that with the Prime Minister and cabinet secretary stepping in, there was no need to have another decision-making body.
"Now, all decisions related to the Games are being taken up at the cabinet secretary level itself. In this scenario, an EGoM would not serve any purpose," said the official.
The official added, "The venues have already been handed over to the Games Organizing Committee and the venue managers are deciding all logistic issues. There is not much for the EGoM to do."
Of late, the group had come under attack from different quarters for not taking adequate measures to reign in the mismanagement in Games preparations.
The group was formed in mid 2009 to monitor the progress of various Commonwealth Games projects and take decisions to ensure their smooth implementation.
Earlier, the GoM used to meet once a month with the first meeting taking place in July 2009.
It was only recently when reports of mismanagement and shoddy preparations started coming in that the GoM started meeting more frequently.
In August this year, the GoM was empowered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take all necessary decisions for the smooth conduct of the events in the wake of the corruption scandals that rocked various Games projects.