Six months after the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) asked the government to fix responsibility for irregularities in Commonwealth Games (CWG) related projects, not a single person has been taken to task.
The CVC said the government has not even responded to its directives so far. The commission had found violations of norms in 15 CWG projects executed by organisations such as the PWD, MCD, DDA, NDMC, CPWD and RITES and accordingly advised to initiate action against “delinquent” officers.
But the only action so far has come from the CBI, which registered a corruption case against six MCD officials in connection with a street lighting project.
CVC secretary K S Ramasubban told HT, “We felt that vigilance action was made out in some cases. Once we have given the report and found some lapses disciplinary authorities should have fixed the officers' responsibility and come back to us for advice. But nobody has done it so far.”
In the past one year, the CVC Chief Technical Examiner's wing inspected 15 CWG projects and reported irregularities in almost all of them.
Besides awarding the works to ineligible agencies, the CVC found that several organisations considered inadmissible factors to jack up project costs citing urgent circumstances.
Subsequently, it recorded the findings in three parts one that required systemic improvement, then the cases where immediate measures were needed and the third that involved a vigilance angle.
By now, the disciplinary authorities should have come back to us with proposed action in cases where the commission felt that vigilance action was made out, Ramasubban said. Sports Minister M S Gill said the CVC must take speedy action against the officials responsible for irregularities.