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6th National games organizers come under House panel scanner

KATHMANDU: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has formed a five-member investigation panel to investigate the details of the expenses of the Sixth National Games.

A meeting of the PAC held today formed the investigation committee under the coordination of its member Bhanubhakta Jaisi.

Kamala Pant, Allhahauddin Ansari, Pramod Gupta and Tek Bahadur Basnet are other members of the probe panel.

The meeting held on March 25 urged the National Sports Council to submit the details of the expenses made to organize the national games.

President of the PAC Ram Krishna Yadav said the probe panel was formed for the study of the physical infrastructure constructed to organize the games. The Council was supposed to submit its reports by April 13 but failed to furnish its report to the PAC.

PAC members Deep Kumar Upadhayay, Shankar Pokhrel, Allahauddhin Ansari and Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, among others demanded to make public all transactions in a transparent manner, saying that all expenses of the national games were not made in the transparent way. They also said that irregularities were rife in the national games and financial embezzlement was made while constructing the physical infrastructures for the national games.

Similarly, State Minister for Youth and Sports, Gopi Achhami said that relevance of the PAC would further increase if the latter forwards investigation into the issues at a time when the national games and construction of all the infrastructures were completed in a transparent manner.

Secretary at the Ministry, Sushil Ghimire said the national games, which was concluded successfully, has increased dignity of the Far-Western Development Region and added that a total of Rs 277.1 million was released to conclude the national games. Of the amount, audit report of Rs 170 million has been carried out.

Member Secretary of the Council Yubraj Lama claimed that no financial irregularities were made in the name of the national games. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2012 | 01:24 AM

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