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Commonwealth Games Corruption – Its Time to Ask Harsh Questions !

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The CWG Games are over. Now its time to do the clean up act – An investigation into the commonwealth LOOT of the tax-payer’s money!

The horror that the prelude happened to be gradually turned into appreciation as the Games went through swiftly and India won record number of medals.

Delhi Commonwealth Games

Yet, there were too many organizational goof-ups, systemic failures and over-statement of accounts which need a thorough post-mortem now. A comprehensive enquiry is the need of the hour to examine the discrepancies in the fund allocation to various projects which were hit by exorbitant cost escalations.

However, a fact remains that no amount of investigation will bring back the lost money of the tax-payers. A bigger question is – how can the country’s multi-crore wealth go virtually unaccounted without approval and knowledge of the top government agencies?

We have distinction of having the country’s top-most economist as our prime minister and Asia’s best finance minister to guard and manage our precious resources. Yet thousands of crores of country’s wealth has gone down the drain from under the eyes of the regulators in the name of unaccountability and cost escalation.

If this is the kind of loot going on in the open; the robbery prevailing behind the closed doors could just be mind-boggling and beyond the realms of imagination. Probably, that’s the reason why politics is the most sought after (yet infamous) field of occupation for the corrupted leaders.

The Central Vigilance Commission investigating in corruptions involved during the preparation of Commonwealth Games have claimed to establish the over-hyped prices projected and paid in the bills to various intermediaries, contractors and service providers.

As expenses incurred on the CWG turn into a nation-wide debate, here is some number crunching for you – the estimates for the expenditure during the Melbourne CWG 2006 edition for various different projects came at around Rs.5000 crore and that for Bejing Olympics 2008 stood at Rs. 28000 crore.

Now compare the same set of figures with an expenditure of Rs. 70000 crore involved in Delhi CWG. Agreed that the infrastructure and manpower costs might have jumped drastically over the last 2-3 years; but does that justify such a manifold bill?

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari has alleged that the benami financial deals took place in the CWG projects through the Mauritius route and out of Rs. 70000 crore spent on the Games, only half the said amount was spent on India sportspersons.

Here are some startling allegations coming out of the closet:

  1. It is estimated that the expenditure bills have been inflated by 30% of the actual value of services or commodities procured.
  2. The Income Tax department is scrutinizing financial documents relating to the broadcast rights for the CWG following charges of tax evasion.
  3. The Central Vigilance Commission is examining 11 major project tenders which were awarded at artificially hiked rates causing a loss of over Rs.500 crore.
  4. The Enforcement Directorate is looking into a case of alleged violation for foreign exchange regulations related to the Queen Baton Relay in London.
  5. Infrastructure developer Emaar-MGF is in the dock for alleged irregularities in the construction of the CGW Village in Delhi.
  6. The CWG Organising Committee head office being burglarized several times to steal or destruct the data which is being probed.

Will this investigation turn out to be yet another probe and be buried into the ground?

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  3. viji says

    hi…i felt very bad about corruption in India… compare to others corruption in India plays a vital role…

  4. khan says

    i dont believe in India media its all bullshit lier,
    the spend on CWG is writing in ur article 70000 crore who says that is right and 28000 Beijing Olympics in fact the comparison is so much huge
    india expenditure on common wealth game is about 4 billion dollars while china is 16 billion dollars .

  5. srinivasa ramanujam says

    HAI!
    CORRUPTION is made in contractres , inchargers,and ruling party.
    It is not right to say india is a poor country.

  6. chanda durham says

    sorry to say dat india is a shamelessly poor country with filthy rich politicans…..

  7. frank says

    Huge mistake in your article. Only 350 cr of 70,000 cr spent on Indian athletes. That is less than 1% of the 70,000 crores.

  8. Hindustani says

    Corruption is a part of our Democracy. Always intermediaries, contractors and service providers will have a close relationships with our politicians. Our Democracy has to be reconstructed to keep away from corruption.

  9. balaji yadhav says

    The fact that the Games preparation started very late has only lead to the opportunities for corruption as many tenders were awarded without careful thought as time was not a luxury.All the Govt agencies approved inflated tenders blindly just for the work to start as they were already behind schedule.This has lead to this fiasco.
    Just imagine if the entire Games was not in the hands of the Govt but with the Indian private sector like Jaypee Group or DLF with the incentive that they will collect the broadcast and ticket revenue ,then India would have been prepared for the Games two years back. They would have completed a world class facility and would have gone on a media campaign to sell their tickets and would have succeeded in bringing in the crowds which the Games failed to do.
    Profit motive is essential for Efficiency.Just imagine if Kalmadi was the CEO of the organising committee of DLF or Reliance he would have been fired on the very first day.Just because it is the inefficient Govt which is in charge,such incompetent losers are allowed to stay on. Citizens of India have always proved that they are much smarter and efficient than the govt.

    1. Viral says

      Balaji Yadhav,

      Again, agreed with your view. Probably, if not absolute privatisation atleast adoption of PPP model is required to keep a check on the rampant corruption.

      Not only will bring greater transperancy but a fear of being watched and examined by the public and other business associates.

  10. balaji yadhav says

    The fact that the Games preparation started very late has only lead to the opportunities for corruption as many tenders were awarded without careful thought as time was not a luxury.All the Govt agencies approved inflated tenders blindly just for the work to start as they were already behind schedule.This has lead to this fiasco.
    Just imagine if the entire Games was not in the hands of the Govt but with the Indian private sector like Jaypee Group or DLF with the incentive that they will collect the broadcast and ticket revenue ,then India would have been prepared for the Games two years back. They would have completed a world class facility and would have gone on a media campaign to sell their tickets and would have succeeded in bringing in the crowds which the Games failed to do.
    Profit motive is essential for Efficiency.Just imagine if Kalmadi was the CEO of the organising committee of DLF or Reliance he would have been fired on the very first day.Just because it is the inefficient Govt which is in charge,such incompetent losers are allowed to stay on. Citizens of India have always proved that they are much smarter and efficient than the govt.

  11. ANON says
  12. Altaf Rahman says

    The process of cover up has already started even before curtains fell on the show. Parties with interests already hailed the conduct of the games. With a century of medals in bag, we are busy in basking in the glory.
    Even if one billion people will shout from roof tops, nobody will bother now. If things get ugly for them (highly unprobable) the Cricket World cup which will bigin shortly will sooth people and general public has short memory. This scandal will settle down with countless other scandals.
    We dont have to be surprised if Kalmadi gets “Bharat Ratna” for managing such a massive task.
    No surprise India is richest country in the world in Black money.

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