Below is a press release from the Indian Government outlining the establishment of a “High Level Committee” to investigate issues relating to the Commonwealth Games.
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister’s Office
25-October-2010 19:48 IST
Terms of Reference of High Level Committee to Look into the Organisation and Conduct of the Commonwealth Games – 2010Government has approved the constitution of a High Level Committee (HLC) headed by Shri V.K. Shunglu, the former Comptroller & Auditor General of India, to look into the organization and conduct of the Commonwealth Games – Delhi 2010 and also to draw lessons from it. The second member of the Committee will be Shri Shantanu Consul (IAS:KTK:74), Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, upon his retirement on 31st October, 2010.
Government has also approved the terms of reference for the Committee as under:
i) The role and responsibilities of the signatories to the Host City Contract and the overall implications of the obligations entered into through the Host City Contract;
ii) The planning and execution of development projects related to the Games and contracts for service delivery, with reference to time, cost and quality;
iii) The issues relating to the effectiveness of the organizational structure and governance for organization, preparation and conduct of the Games at all levels, including the Organising Committee and its Key Functional Areas;
iv) Examination of weaknesses in management, alleged misappropriation, irregularities, wasteful expenditure and wrongdoing in the conduct of the Games, and, recommending action on the same;
v) The issues relating to financing the Games, including estimates of revenue and expenditure;
vi) The issues concerning coordination amongst various agencies involved in the development of infrastructure and conduct of the Games;
vii) The role of international/national advisors/consultants/officials of the Organising Committee in the conduct of the Games;
viii) The overall impact of the Games including legacy for city infrastructure, sports infrastructure and sports development;
ix) The lessons learnt for the future, on each of the above, including establishment of a mechanism for laying down timeframes and effective monitoring, creation of a legally sustainable framework for hosting similar international sporting events, appropriate financial management and internal audit, media interaction and communication;
x) Any other areas considered relevant by the Committee.
The HLC will submit its report within three months. It will decide its own procedures and mode of enquiry. All Ministries and Departments of the Central and State Governments, as well as agencies and organizations under their administrative control, have been directed to extend their full cooperation and assistance to the HLC in completing its assignment within this time. The Ministry of Sports will extend administrative and logistic support to the Committee. It will function from its office in Vigyan Bhawan.
The Comptroller & Auditor General of India (C&AG), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and other agencies will independently carry out their audit and investigations, in accordance with their respective mandates. All complaints referred to various agencies will be looked into and action taken immediately by the agency concerned. The HLC will recommend action on any matter that comes to its notice involving alleged misappropriation, irregularities, wasteful expenditure or wrongdoing, and, they will take immediate action as warranted under the law.
The HLC will also consider any complaint from any member of the public, duly supported by documents, with respect to its remit i.e. organization and conduct of the Commonwealth Games – Delhi 2010. The HLC will inform the members of the public regarding its availability to receive such complaints, in due course.