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CAG report out today; Dikshit in the line of fire

Auditor's report on alleged irregularities in organizing the Commonwealth Games will be tabled before Parliament today. Delhi chief minister will have to explain charges made against her in the report.

delhi Updated: Aug 05, 2011 11:10 IST
New Delhi,Delhi chief minister,Sheila Dikshit

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's retort to allegations that there were irregularities in the Commonwealth Games was that she will not speak till the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) gives a report. She will have to speak soon.

The CAG report will be tabled before Parliament on Friday and may cause embarrassment to Dikshit and the government.

The report, among other comments, has reportedly accused Dikshit's government of "serious irregularities" in procurement of medical equipment including ambulances.

Hindustan Times has found that the CAG report has questioned the directorate of health services' decision not to go in for tendering for direct procurement of medical equipment since they knew what they wanted to purchase.

"We found that the rates for many of these items were exorbitant (causing financial loss to the Delhi government)," the report said, pointing out irregularities in the procurement of furniture items and medicines too.

The report also questioned the decision to purchase expensive advanced life support ambulances - that require services of trained doctors - rather than buying only basic life support ambulances which would have addressed needs of Delhi and its citizens.

It has said the Delhi government and civic agencies overspent Rs.100 crore over streetscaping and Rs.31 crore on street lightning. "I will not comment on CAG. Let it be tabled in Parliament. Then only I will say anything," Dikshit said on Thursday.

TV channels report the CAG has faulted the Prime Minister's Office for letting Suresh Kalmadi run the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

First Published: Aug 05, 2011 09:35 IST