1. PMO cracks whip, 2010 Commonwealth Games panel finally ordered to shut down

PMO cracks whip, 2010 Commonwealth Games panel finally ordered to shut down

The Organising Committee (OC) of the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG) which were held in the National Capital in 2010 has finally been ordered to wind up operations this month.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 4, 2017 12:01 PM
 Commonwealth Games, PMO, Organising Committee, closing ceremony, shut down, Prime Minister’s Office, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, CEO Jarnail Singh, 1982 Asian Games, Suresh Kalmadi, Lalit Bhanot The committee will be closed a full 12 years after it was formed in February 2005. (Source: Indian Express)

2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games has officially been wound up in all its aspects – 7 years after the closing ceremony was held. The Organising Committee (OC) of the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG) which were held in the National Capital in 2010 has finally been ordered to wind up operations this month. The committee will be closed a full 12 years after it was formed in February 2005 and seven years after the games were held, post the intervention of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The decision to dissolve the body was approved by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Friday. The government has issued a month’s notice to the body which is being disbanded due to its operating cost, according to an Indian Express report.

Sources have told the Indian Express that the government paid Rs 2.25 crore only as the salary of the panel’s 19 employees including its CEO Jarnail Singh. The other major expenses incurred by the government are housekeeping which costs Rs 45 lakh, vehicles for the body cost Rs 30 lakh, security for the panel cost the exchequer Rs 25 lakh and telephone bills stood at Rs 16 lakh. The lion’s share of the money, Rs 4.65 crore was however, spent on legal fees.

The Organising Committee faces 42 cases of outstanding payment to the tune of Rs 700 crore. A source told the Indian Express that 5-6 of these cases are worth 50-60 crore each. After the committee is dissolved the liability of these cases is likely to shift to the government, as per the IE report.
Unlike most nations which dissolve OCs within two years of a game, India has a long tradition of retaining organising committees. The Organising Committee of the 1982 Asian Games was disbanded in January this year, The Indian Express reported. The PMO wanted to disband the CWG OC in December 2016 but this could not materialise due to a number of court and arbitration cases filed against the OC.

Suresh Kalmadi, the Chairman of the OC and Lalit Bhanot its Secretary General were both imprisoned over accusations of financial irregularities. The duo had also accused Jarnail Singh of foul play but the latter was never chargesheeted, according to an Indian Express report.

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