first_imgPIB reveals that the UPA-led government suggested that Kalmadi be made the OC chief.As the debate rages as to who appointed Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Mail Today has accessed a document which shows that he was elevated to the post on January 30, 2005 by the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the late Arjun Singh.The document also reveals that the GoM accepted a suggestion made on December 6, 2004 by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to appoint Kalmadi as OC chief.In the Press Information Bureau (PIB) release – which Mail Today is in possession of – dated January 30, 2005, Singh had also announced a slew of committees, including the one where the OC was to be headed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Kalmadi.”The Organising Committee will deal with the Government of India through the ministry of youth affairs and sports and with the Delhi government,” the PIB release quoting Singh said.In that release, the apex committee headed by sports minister Sunil Dutt was given overriding power and responsibility to oversee and coordinate the Commonwealth Games. In fact, Dutt was a member of the GOM that appointed Kalmadi. While suggesting that Kalmadi be made the OC chairman, the PMO also wanted an empowered committee, under the minister of youth affairs and sports, to look after the construction of the stadia and other infrastructure facilities required for the Games.The PMO suggested that “this committee may be chaired by minister of youth affairs and sports and would comprise three vice-chairmen – Lt Governor, Delhi, chief minister, Delhi, and chairman of the OC”. It is clear that the GOM had envisioned the apex committee as the supreme body.”The minutes of all the other committees related to the conduct of the Commonwealth Games shall be submitted to the apex committee periodically for its information,” Singh had said.”The chairman of the apex committee can also call for such information which he deems fit and can give such guidance that may required.” Singh had also announced then that a threemember sub-committee, headed by the then finance minister P. Chidambaram, would supervise and deal with all the financial matters.Singh had also said the OC executive board would have 15 members, including the chairman and the vice-chairman, to be appointed in consultation with the GoM. effect, the GoM had put in place checks and balances over the OC.How many meetings of the apex committee under Dutt and subsequent sports ministers were held is, however, uncertain. But the fact remains that Kalmadi was appointed by the government and the OC was formed only a week or so after the January 30, 2005 announcement.advertisementlast_img