CAG to Govt.: No records remove till completion of audit
November, 23rd 2010
Government auditor the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has written to the Cabinet Secretary to ensure that no records from the office of the Commonwealth Games organising committee are removed till the audit is complete.
The CAG, sources said, had written to the Cabinet Secretary in October to take steps to ensure that no damage was done to papers relating to award of contracts for the Games.
The CAG, sources said, is worried that records of OC were being bungled and some important files have been found missing.
The official auditor, which is probing the expenses incurred for organising the CWG, is slated to submit its audit report to the Parliament by January end.
The two-week long Games have reportedly cost the nation an estimated Rs. 70,000 crore. The CAG is probing the contracts given by various agencies for construction of infrastructural facilities, equipment and conduct of Games.
The CAG is vetting the expenditures incurred in different Games-related projects. The Games were held in New Delhi between October 3-14.
The audit process by the CAG teams began in the middle of August. However, it was halted between September 24-October 14 in view of the Games.
A host of other agencies like the Income Tax department, the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Vigilance Commission are investigating the Games expenditures.
Besides, on October 15, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also appointed a committee headed by former CAG V.K. Shunglu to look into the various aspects of the organisation of the Games. The committee is expected to submit its report in 90 days.