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Delhi govt Rejects Shunglu report
Correspondent NEW DELHI, MAY 25:
Published on 26 May. 2011 12:56 AM IST
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The Delhi Government Wednesday decided to reject the allegations of the Shunglu panel on the corruption and mismanagement during the Common Wealth Games (CWG) held in the national capital.
The allegations of large scale financial bungling have already led to the arrest of Suresh Kalmadi, a Congress party MP and in charge of the games.
A panel headed by a senior civil servant, Shunglu, was asked to investigate the allegations in the CWG. The allegation of huge financial bungling were mostly limited to Kalmadi, but in its third report, the Shunglu panel has implicated civic agencies like PWD, MCD and NDMC for wasting public money worth Rs. 700 crore, only for giving Delhi a facelift. The panel has worked out a total loss of Rs. 900 crore caused due to the delays in construction of bridges, flyovers, roads and all other civic infrastructure work. It has pointed out that Rs 159 crore were wasted only for putting up street lights and signage, its tenders were found to have been manipulated by bidders in collusion with civic agencies.
The Dikshit supporters, who realized that now it is Shiela Dixit’s turn to face the heat, have started debunking the report. Meanwhile, the Delhi Government under her has prepared a detailed reply to counter the allegations.
However, in the capital’s political circles, it is widely believed that Sheila has decided to challenge the allegations irrespective of its political consequences. The panel has raised serious charges against her.
It has questioned the need for Shiela Dixit to first take charge of all financial approvals for CWG related projects and then give approval to six projects under Rs 50 crore and wondered about the reasons for lack of decentralization of power.
However, in one of its observation, the report has also praised her for her leadership skills. While full credit should be given to the CM for her leadership that she provided, she will also have to bear the responsibility for the decisions taken including those related to city image improvement project, which cost the city dear, said the report.
The panel has also accused the Delhi government of its failure to prepare an alternative plan to save the CWG from the consequences of delays. It has also pointed out that the delays on their own have been found deliberate to create a sense of panic and ultimately giving undue advantage to a few.
The panel asked why the Delhi government did not take action against the top officials of Municipal Committee of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Public Works department (PWD) and other related government agencies. The debate on this report is bound to gain steam in the days ahead. While the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) may use it as a pretext to demand the dismissal of Dikshit. Within the ruling party too, the anti-Sheila Diskhit people may gang up to press for her ouster.

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