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Centre makes supplementary demands for C'wealth Games

With less than two months to go for the commencement of the Commonwealth Games, the UPA government's supplementary demands, which the Lok Sabha approved on Thursday, might well expose its preparedness for the big event.

Money has been sought for the intelligence bureau and to procure machinery and equipment to utilise in the Games — both under the Union Home Ministry — and for additional renovation of the Rajghat, sprucing up works and enhancing the load capacity of stadiums. A whopping amount has been sought for the opening and closing ceremonies.

A sum of Rs.427.73 crore has been sought through the supplementary demands for grants for 2010-11, clearly admitting that these expenses had not been provided for in the main budget even if it had been anticipated. It could be a case of delayed response, as in the case of security intelligence, or a case of cost overrun. The govt will entail a cash outgo of Rs.193.42 crore by way of an additional amount as a loan to the Organising Committee for the opening and closing ceremonies. While the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has been provided Rs.22.45 crore to meet the additional requirement for security during the Games (Rs.20.71 crore), another grants-in-aid is for making payment to the Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply for enhancing the load capacity of R.K. Khanna Stadium (Rs.1.44 crore), and Rs.33 lakh for providing air conditioners for the technology equipment room.



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