CWG probe: Govt may sanction manpower to Shunglu committee

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New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) The Shunglu committee going intocharges of corruption and procedural lapses in conduct ofCommonwealth Games and related projects may get additionalmanpower from the government to speed up the probe.

Sources said Chairman of the V K Shunglu has expressedconcern over lack of executive rank staff to help him incompiling the data gathered from several civic andconstruction agencies across the country.

They said the two-member committee, which was expected tosubmit its report by tomorrow, has sought an extension fromthe Prime Minister Office.

Sources said the PMO is considering accepting the requestsraised by the panel and grant them extra time as well asadditional staff for necessary assistance.

At present, the Committee is carrying out its work fromits office at Vigyan Bhawan with few staff, mainly drawn fromthe Sports Ministry.

Sources said the Committee would ask for an additionaltime of 10 to 30 days to submit its report.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 25 last yearappointed the committee and asked it to give its report withinthree months.

Former Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training,Shantanu Consul, is the second member of the panel.

Several projects done by Municipal Corporation of Delhi(MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Delhi DevelopmentAuthority (DDA), Public Works Department (PWD), Central PublicWorks Department (CPWD), RITES (a government of Indiaenterprise), Sports Ministry, Urban Development Ministry andGames Organising Committee among others are under the scannerof enforcement, investigating and vigilance agencies foralleged bunglings.

The Committee has sought help from people to share anyinformation on CWG which could be of some help to it.

The Central Vigilance Commission is enquiring into over 30complaints related to alleged corruption in CWG works carriedout by different civic and construction agencies.

In a related move today, Games OC chairman Suresh Kalmadiand Secretary general Lalit Bhanot have been removed fromtheir posts to facilitate impartial multi agency probe intothe corruption charges.

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