The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today convened a high-level meeting to
review the preparations for the Commonwealth Games scheduled to begin on 3rd
October. The meeting was attended by Shri S. Jaipal Reddy, Minister of
Urban Development; Dr. M.S. Gill, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports; Shri
Tejendra Khanna, Lt. Governor of Delhi; Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of
Delhi; Shri T.K.A. Nair, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister; Shri K.M.
Chandrasekhar, Cabinet Secretary; Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman,
Organizing Committee, CWG and other senior officials.
The Prime Minister was briefed by the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Urban
Development, the Government of Delhi and the Organising Committee on the
progress of Commonwealth Games preparatory works assigned to them. The
Prime Minister observed that there had been slippages in the time schedules of
some of the construction works and deficiencies had also been observed in some
of the works. He said that, in the run up to the Games, it was important
to gain public confidence by instilling order and carrying out effective
supervision of the preparation works.
The Prime Minister
directed the Ministries concerned, the Government of the National Capital
Region and the Organizing Committee to complete all pending works expeditiously
through time-bound action plans and carry out a quality audit of the completed
facilities. All the facilities must meet international standards.
The Group of Ministers
set up for the Commonwealth Games headed by the Minister of Urban Development
Shri S. Jaipal Reddy was directed to meet immediately and frequently
thereafter. The Group was empowered to take all decisions necessary for the
smooth conduct of the Games. The Group of Ministers will refer any matter that
may require further consideration to the Finance Minister for a final decision.
The Cabinet Secretary
was directed to liaise closely with the Group of Ministers to ensure effective
coordination among all the concerned authorities. The Committee of
Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary will continue to review
implementation and it will have the status of an Empowered Committee. It will
have jurisdiction over matters relating to the Organising Committee and a
Secretary level officer of the Cabinet Secretariat will liaise with the
Organising Committee on a daily basis.
The Organizing Committee
would take appropriate steps urgently to conclude all pending preparations. The
Senior Management Committee of the Organising Committee would meet daily and be
chaired by the CEO in the absence of the Chairman or Vice-Chairman, Organising
Committee. Additional senior and experienced officers from the Government
of India would be deputed as required.
The Prime Minister
further directed the concerned Ministries to conduct thorough investigations
into all the complaints that have been received of procedural and other
irregularities. He said that those found guilty should face severe and
The Cabinet will be
briefed on the state of preparations on a weekly basis.
The public has a right
to know the facts and the Group of Ministers will ensure that timely and
authentic information on the state of preparations and in particular on the
remaining tasks at hand is released to the public. The promotional campaign of the
various events should be stepped up to generate enthusiasm among sports lovers
in the largest sporting event the country has held in many years.
The Prime Minister has decided to visit selected venues of the Commonwealth
Games in the last week of August.
The Prime Minister said
that the eyes of the world were on the country as we conduct this prestigious
event. The Commonwealth Games was an occasion not only to celebrate
sporting excellence but also the spirit of kinship and camaraderie among the
Commonwealth fraternity. India
will have an opportunity to present its culture, its achievements, its warm
hospitality and its organizational capabilities to the world.
The Prime Minister emphasized that it was very important that as a country, the
people should work together to give our honoured guests a warm welcome and a
memorable experience of all that our nation has to offer. Our athletes
and sportsmen are training hard and need the full support and encouragement of
their fellow Indians. He urged all concerned to work single-mindedly so
that the Games could be held in a manner the nation could be justifiably proud
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that
the ongoing preparations supervised directly by the Group of Ministers would
enable the Games to be conducted smoothly and in a befitting