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Centre may pick Games tab

Delhi?s Commonwealth Games tab of Rs 1,314 crore is likely to be picked by the Centre now. Earlier, the Planning Commission had asked the state government to meet the expenses from its own kitty.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 01:54 IST

Delhi’s Commonwealth Games tab of Rs 1,314 crore is likely to be picked by the Centre now. Earlier, the Planning Commission had asked the state government to meet the expenses from its own kitty.

Well placed sources in the state Finance Department said a Planning Commission meeting scheduled for January 18 on fund allocation to states has been postponed following the decision.

The decision is a major victory for the state government, which had argued that successfully organising the Games was not the responsibility of the state government alone but of the entire country.

“The case of funds for Delhi would be taken up later now, so the demand for expenditure for the Games is accommodated in the next financial year,” said a top official of the government.

Delhi had prepared a list of Games-specific projects and estimated at Rs 1,314 crore the cost of hosting the event. Finance Minister A.K. Walia then wrote to the Planning Commission, seeking financial aid for the next three years in installments. The Commission wrote back that the state government should raise the funds.

The Finance Minister and officials of the department continued to pursue the matter with the commission. Finally, they were told Delhi would indeed get central assistance for organising the Games.

The state government told the commission infrastructure was of paramount importance not only for the 2010 Games but also for the next Asian Games, which Delhi is confident of bidding successfully.

It claimed after successfully hosting the Commonwealth and Asian Games, the city would bid for the Olympics. “Central aid is crucial for the success of these endeavours, which would showcase the country to the rest of the world,” said the official.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 01:54 IST