Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irregularities in National Games

Government received a pseudonymous complaint alleging irregularities in procurement of sports equipments for Jharkhand National Games, on which comments of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) were obtained. The IOA has stated that all the sports equipments were purchased by the National Games Organizing Committee (NGOC), Ranchi. As per Host City Agreement between IOA, NGOC and State Government, IOA was to provide list of equipments along with the brands. IOA has informed that it has appointed a Committee in consultation with the National Sports Federations and the Committee finalized the list of all the equipments which were furnished to NGOC. This matter has been referred to the Vigilance Wing of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for appropriate action in the matter. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of State (independent charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, in the Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Adhir Chowdhury.

The Minister further stated that the authority to conduct an inquiry in financial irregularities, if any, in the conduct of National Games, lies with the State Government, State Olympic Association and Indian OIympic Association.

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