CAG asks govt to ensure that CWG records are not destroyed

CAG asks govt to ensure that CWG records are not destroyed

New Delhi: The government auditor Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) 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, in October had written to the cabinet secretary 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 commonwealth games have reportedly cost the nation an estimated Rs70,000 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 commonwealth games related projects. The Games were held here between 3-14 October.

The audit process by CAG teams began in the middle of August. However, it was halted between 24 September-14 October in view of the Games.

A host of other agencies like the Income Tax department, Enforcement Directorate and Central Vigilance Commission are investigating the Games expenditures.

Besides, on 15 October, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also appointed a committee headed by former CAG VK Shunglu to look into the various aspects of the organisation of the games. The committee is expected to submit its report in 90 days.