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CAG cracks down on Military world games

Even as corruption allegations in the 2010 Commonwealth Games fly thick and fast, the 2007 Military World Games (MWG) organised by India has now come under the scanner of government auditors, who have raised questions over approval for the event's entire expenditure.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2010 00:22 IST

Even as corruption allegations in the 2010 Commonwealth Games fly thick and fast, the 2007 Military World Games (MWG) organised by India has now come under the scanner of government auditors, who have raised questions over approval for the event's entire expenditure. In its report to Parliament on Friday, the CAG said the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) had organised MWG "without obtaining the approval of the competent authority for the entire expenditure" worth Rs 138 crore.

India hosted the MWG, a multi-sport event for military men and women, in Hyderabad in 2007 and SSCB had made the proposal to host it in September 2003, which was given 'in principle' approval by the Defence Ministry at an estimated cost of Rs 20.32 crore. In November 2005, the world military sports body awarded the Games to India. In June 2006, the Defence Ministry sanctioned Rs 40 crore.

In March 2007, the ministry also sanctioned Rs 10 crore for paying the Andhra govt for the facilities they would provide and another Rs 19 crore were given by Defence PSUs in October 2007. “Projects exceeding Rs 100 crore require the approval of the Cabinet. Although the SSCB in January 2006 required funds in excess of Rs 100 crore for MWG, a proposal omitting work services was put up.”