Jaipal Reddy asks Army not to charge for Games work

The Urban Development Ministry has sought the assistance of Defence Minister A K Antony.

Written by Agencies | New Delh | Published:August 20, 2010 7:13 pm

The Urban Development Ministry has sought the assistance of Defence Minister A K Antony to ensure the Army does not charge the Organising Committee for certain facilities provided by it during the Commonwealth Games.

Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said the chairman of the Group of Ministers for CWG Jaipal Reddy has written a letter to A K Antony requesting him to ask the Army not to charge for certain facilities it will provide during the Games,scheduled to begin in October.

Kalmadi said: So they have agreed to do some things free of charge. For some,they will charge.

It is learnt that in his letter,Urban Development Minister Reddy requested Antony that the Army should not charge the Organising Committee (OC) for allowances for officers and jawans who are on duty for the sporting event.

Reddy has also sought waiving off charges for Army facilities being used by artists for the Opening Ceremony – places where they will practise and stay.

Reddy,however,said though he had written the letter he did not remember the contents.

He said: I did write to the Defence Minister not to charge for certain things. Those details I am unable to recall.

Kalmadi said: We have asked for the support of the Army and it has been good enough to lend us support throughout the baton relay,for the opening and closing ceremonies. They are giving us a lot of personnel and we are very happy with it.

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