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PM takes charge of the Commonwealth Games

Last updated on: September 23, 2010 11:22 IST

Sensing the urgency to ensure that the Commonwealth Games are held in New Delhi on schedule from October 3 to 14 and to remove the clouds of uncertainty over the Games, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has intervened in the matter.

Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar, who was made overall in-charge of the completion of the ongoing work at the Games village near the Yamuna and at other stadiums, held discussions with Delhi's Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna.

The cabinet secretary also held discussions with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, and made her in-charge of overseeing the cleaning-up operations at the CWG village.

Prime Minister Dr Singh was upset when his attention was drawn to reports that foreign ministers of some Commonwealth nations were likely to meet on September 27 to chalk out a joint strategy about taking part in the Delhi Games.

Taking a serious note of this development in which Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Scotland were involved, Dr Singh decided to take up the matter in order to save the Games from becoming a huge embarrassment for India. 

The prime minister took Sports Minister Dr MS Gill and Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy into confidence about his decision to take personal charge of the Games. Dr Singh had been getting regular feedback from Major Dalbir Singh, mayor of the Games village, about the pathetic conditions there.

Chairman of the CWG Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi is now said to report directly to the PM on various issues involving the Games.

Onkar Singh in New Delhi