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Volunteers get cold shoulder

Even though international contingents like England, Scotland, Canada and a host of other national teams have started pouring in, it seems the Organising Committee (OC) is in no mood to fasten its seatbelt and start the countdown to the Games just yet.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2010 23:49 IST
Anupma Tripathi

Even though international contingents like England, Scotland, Canada and a host of other national teams have started pouring in, it seems the Organising Committee (OC) is in no mood to fasten its seatbelt and start the countdown to the Games just yet. With just 7 days to go, how else would one explain the lax attitude of the OC that has failed to give accreditation cards to the staff and the workforce at the training venues?

It’s a sorry state of affairs. As it is the organisers are facing a dearth of volunteers. And with the kind of treatment being meted out to the volunteers, it is quite evident that the Games officials simply do not want to recognise the efforts of those who have been working through day and night in order to provide best possible facilities to the athletes.

Aarti Dhankar, Service Manager at Ramjas College, said: "Broadly, there are many left. The staff has been working for months now, still . Nobody has their accreditation cards as yet. I am worried. And now the police have beefed up the security. As a result the non-accreditated staff is now prohibited from entering the venue."

It's just the tip of the iceberg. Those who got their cards in time hold the wrong type that doesn't suit their work profile. "It's total mismanagement on part of the OC," said Dhankar. Asked if she tried to apprise the OC of the matter, Dhankar said, "I have written umpteen mails to them. We had given the details of our staff well over 3 months ago and still the cards are awaited,” she said.