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Jaipal Reddy is right in saying that a JPC will ensure transparency in the CWG probe.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2010 22:00 IST
Hindustan Times

The Commonwealth Games and its aftermath simply don’t seem to go away. But it is all not bad news. The Union minister for urban development, Mr Jaipal Reddy, has taken the first step towards bringing about some measure of accountability in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games that were fraught with allegations of corruption and bungling. The minister has taken the unusual step of supporting the Opposition’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to look into the many things that have gone wrong with the Commonwealth Games. Mr Reddy has taken the right step in doing so.

In asking the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to confiscate the R183-crore bank guarantee of Emaar MGF to remove deficiencies in the Game village project it constructed,

Mr Reddy fired the first salvo in cleaning up the mess which has come to signal the Games and also ensuring that obligations which were signed are met. Emaar MGF is now under scrutiny for having gone beyond the accepted plan in the building of flats with an eye to profits. The fact of the matter is that all this could have been reined in at the initial stages by the DDA that was supposed to oversee the construction of the Games village. So, it is no surprise that Mr Reddy has asked the DDA to explain why such lapses occurred while it was supervising the whole show. If a JPC were to look into the matter, then it would show that the government is serious about being totally transparent about the Games that have not covered us in the glory that we had hoped for.

The Opposition has already demanded a JPC and Mr Reddy is right in saying that this will be the best way of not only ensuring transparency but also paving a smooth passage for parliamentary proceedings in the coming winter session. The Games went off very well, but there is still a cloud over the manner in which many aspects of it were conducted. Undoubtedly, there were many players in the field and it will be difficult to pinpoint exactly who is to blame. But Mr Reddy has shown the way others might think of following to come clean out of the prevailing mess. India came off a winner in the Games, we should make sure that it was fair and square.

First Published: Oct 25, 2010 21:59 IST