2011 CAG report served basis for PAC investigation

CAG report had pulled up Organising Committee for various irregularities.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 19, 2013 1:29 am

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report of 2011 served as the basis for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigations into the financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) held in Pune in 2008.

The PAC report was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday where city MLA Girish Bapat,who headed the committee,recommended the government file an FIR against chief organiser Suresh Kalmadi.

CAG report had pulled up Organising Committee for various irregularities. In 2011,The Indian Express had reported about the various anomalies and wrongdoings committed while organising the Games,the budget for which was pegged at over Rs 1,100 crore.

The audit,conducted for activities taken up between 2006 and 2010,pointed out that undue favours were shown to companies during the tender process and rules were violated in many cases. The report stated that expert committee responsible to oversee the tender process either did not meet or majority of the committee members remained absent.

The report had indicated that executive committee (EC) and the Department of Sports and Youth Services (DSYS) were responsible for the mismanagement of affairs. It stated that no proper assessment was done for sports and electronic equipment required for the event,which resulted in excess procurement of weight lifting and athletic equipment,score boards etc.

The technical evaluation committee,set up by the EC to examine technical bids received for refurbishment of the existing infrastructure of the Balewadi Stadium (which was also the case for Asian Games earlier),was found at fault by the CAG on various accounts. In fact,the majority members of the five-member committee were absent during the crucial technical bid assessment meeting held to decided on awarding tenders.

During the audit,CAG had noticed mandatory government royalty for usage of sand and rubble was not recivered. Also,value added tax to the tune of Rs 6.36 crore was not deducted from the payments of the contractor who was given the job of refurbishing the venue. The payments to the contractor were done without verifying the price escalation,which the report stated resulted in the payment of excess of Rs 20.59 crore. The excess payment for elevators was made by the DSYS as they failed to verify the current rates quoted by the contractor.

The procurement of wooden floorings and deco turf at the rate of Rs 2.21 crore was done without any proper tender process. Lack of proper planning on the part of EC also resulted in dismantling the air cooler system,procured at Rs 81.30 lakh, just a few months after it was installed. The report stated that this was done on the advise of the OC who had demanded specific temperature and humidity settings for the venue.

The report stated that the payment of Rs 36.17 lakh for diesel was made without any challan,which as per the report was irregular. Similarly Rs 48.89 lakh was spent on procurement of generator sets,which was done without any planning.

The quality of construction was also not up to the mark,especially for table tennis hall and swimming pool,which showed signs of wear and tear within months of completion of the Games,stated the report.

It also highlighted that poor quality of electronic scoreboards were supplied for the Games and no deduction was made in the payment for the fault.

The report had mentioned that most of the infrastructure-related work for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad was far from complete before the Games.

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