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Allegations to ‘rule’ GoM meet

india Updated: Aug 11, 2010 01:08 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta
Moushumi Das Gupta
Hindustan Times
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The series of allegations of corruption and financial wrongdoings that have rocked the Organising Committee as well as various games projects is likely to come up for discussion at the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Commonwealth Games scheduled to meet on August 15.

This is the first time the GoM, chaired by Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, would be meeting after charges of financial irregularities in various games projects surfaced.

Formed to monitor the progress of various Commonwealth Games projects and take decisions to ensure their smooth implementation, the GoM is expected to meet every fortnight. The last GoM took place on July 26.

Sources in the UD Ministry said though the controversy surrounding the games preparation in the last few weeks is not part of the agenda, it would come up for discussion at the GoM.

“The charges levelled against the OC are serious. Though we can't let this hamper the games preparation, the GoM will discuss steps that have been taken by the OC in the aftermath of the controversies,” said the source.

Besides the UD Minister, the GoM is likely to be attended by OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Union Sports Minister M.S. Gill, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, among others.

Not only have some of the financial transactions made by the OC during the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay programme in London last year come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), signing of sponsorship contract by the OC has also come under cloud.

Sources said the GoM is also likely to discuss the issue of civic agencies missing deadlines for completing various games infrastructure.

The GoM had in its last meeting fixed August 10 deadline for cleaning construction debris from across the city.