With questions being raised over the completion of Commonwealth Games projects on time,the government,on Thursday,announced the appointment of 10 senior officials to monitor preparation of major venues of the event,a move that may further strip Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi of his powers.
Kalmadi,however,maintained that it was not a move to clip his wings.
The OC told the Prime Minister that the final stage of the Games had come and we need government officers, he said.
Stating that the officers would carry on the coordination work,Kalmadi said,They have come to coordinate,they are going to support us. You say Kalmadis wings are being clipped everytime. Let me tell you I am a former pilot, the Indian Olympic Association chief remarked sarcastically.
The Prime Minister,who stepped in to clear the mess in the wake of controversies over the Games,had approved the appointment of the experienced bureaucrats to address coordination issues. The officers have been empowered to take on-the-spot decisions to tie up loose ends and resolve conflicts between government agencies and organisations,the Cabinet Secretariat said in its order.
Of the 10 officers,four are of the rank of additional secretary (AS) in the government and the rest are joint secretaries (JS). They are Subhodh Kumar (AS-Telecom),S R Rao (AS-IT),R C Misra (AS-UD),Amarjeet Singh (Executive Director,Health Ministry),J S Deepak (JS-Commerce),Rohit Nandan (JS-Civil Aviation),Shashi Shekar (OSD-Power Trading Corporation),Tara Dutt (JS-Cabinet Secretariat),Gopala Krishna (Secretary,Sports Authority of India) and Rajeev Kapur (JS-Personnel and Training).
Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas will look into issues of accreditation while Rajeev Kapur will deal with matters pertaining to the Games Village.
The Cabinet Secretary has made it clear that these officers may discuss matters relating to financial implications with the Sports Secretary. Executing agencies at the venue level would have to comply with decisions taken by these officials.