PM promises decisive action

New Delhi, Aug. 14: The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, directed that thorough investigations should be held by the ministries concerned into complaints of “procedural and other irregularities” and “those found guilty should face severe and exemplary punishment”.

Dr Singh said all pending work should be completed expeditiously in a time-bound manner and decided to visit select Games venues in the last week of this month.

“The GoM set up for the CWG, headed by the urban development minister, Mr S. Jaipal Reddy, was directed to meet immediately and frequently thereafter. The group was empowered to take all decisions necessary for the smooth conduct of the Games. The GoM will refer any matter that may require further consideration to the finance minister for a final decision,” the statement added.

Dr Singh Minister reviewed preparations for the October event at the meeting with the Union ministers concerned, the Delhi Lt. Gov. Tejendra Khanna, the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, the OC chairman, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, Mr Chandrasekhar and the home secretary, Mr G.K. Pillai, against the backdrop of intense controversies surrounding the conduct of the event. “The Committee of Secretaries will continue to review implementation and it will have the status of an Empowered Committee. It will have jurisdiction over matters relating to the OC,” the PMO said after the 90-minute meeting.

The OC, reeling under charges of mismanagement and corruption, was also handed a stern warning to speed up pending work. “The OC would take appropriate steps urgently to conclude all pending preparations. The senior management committee of the OC would meet daily and be chaired by the CEO in the absence of the chairman or vice-chairman of the OC. Additional senior and experienced officers from the government of India would be deputed as required,” the statement instructed.

Dr Singh also said details of progress should be regularly available to the public. The GoM will now ensure that timely and authentic information on the state of preparations and, in particular, on the remaining tasks is released to the public.

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