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Delhi govt's detailed reply to Shunglu panel report

delhi Updated: May 25, 2011 01:14 IST
Atul Mathur

Delhi Government has prepared a detailed — paragraph by paragraph — reply to the Shunglu Committee report, that pointed out several irregularities in the implementation of various Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects.

Defending its role in the preparation of the Games, the government has reportedly prepared a reply that counters every single point that the Prime Minister-appointed Shunglu Committee had raised in its third report — that dealt with alleged corruption in developing city infrastructure for the Games.

The report is likely to be discussed in the Delhi Cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning, before it is sent to the union home ministry.

The committee had blamed the Dikshit government for lack of oversight, for delaying preparations because of which cost of work escalated and had pointed out discrepancies in allotment of work — among other failures — that drained state resources and led to contractors cornering undue benefits.

"A three member committee of senior officers sought replies to the observations made by the Committee, from every department named in the report and prepared a detailed reply. The Cabinet will discuss the report in a specially-convened meeting, before it is placed before the home minister," said a senior Delhi government official, requesting anonymity.

In its interim reply — which ran into 19 pages and was sent to the Prime Minister — chief minister Sheila Dikshit had called the Shunglu report a "product of paranoia" and accused the committee of "suspecting every action, every individual and (assuming) that every policy bespoke for a 'grand construct of corruption'."

Dikshit had mentioned that the report was full of contradictions and anomalies and had caused damage to the image of the government and political executives.

The Prime Minister's office had later sent the report to the union home ministry, which demanded a clarification from the Delhi Government on points raised in the report.