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Worked for CWG organisers? Get character certificates

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on March 09, 2011 Published on March 09, 2011

Do you have a character certificate stating that there is no pending CBI enquiry from your previous employer?

This is the question being asked by prospective employers to hundreds of people who had worked with scam-tainted Commonwealth Games Organising Committee in different capacities.

These former employees of OC claim that they are forced to run from pillar to post to get a job in the wake of the CBI investigations into irregularities in the conduct of the Games and arrest of certain OC officials.

Adding to their woes, the Organising Committee officials are virtually unreachable if they have to convey any grievance.

They allege that OC staff are being given the pink slip without any intimation and adequate compensation.

"It is very inhuman. They (OC authorities) are asking us to go without any prior notice. How can I find a new job in a day or two? My whole family is in trouble," said Lajwanti, a peon with the OC fired by authorities yesterday.

There are many like her who are given the pink slip by the OC authorities without notice.

"They put the name of the employees to be ousted on a notice board. One day, when I came to office, I found my name on the list informing me to leave the organisation without any notice," said Vimay Kumar, who was working in the technology division as Admin Assistant.

Tough task

The former employees claim that they are facing a lot of problems in getting jobs outside because of the tarnished image of the Organising Committee.

"Everywhere I go, the interviewers ask me to submit a character certificate from my bosses at the OC to prove that there is no pending enquiry or investigation against me. It is really discouraging," an employee said requesting anonymity as he is yet to get a certificate from the Games body.

Certain Commonwealth Games Organising Committee officials are facing probe by the Central Vigilance Commission, Central Bureau of Investigation, Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate over alleged financial and managerial irregularities in executing projects for the sporting extravaganza held here between October 3-14 here.

The Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OC, Mr Jarnail Singh, could not be contacted for comments.

"We have to relieve all our employees by this month-end in a phased manner. We are following government's directive in this regard," a senior OC official said.

The OC had initially employed around 1,600 workers. While over 400 were relieved after the Games were held, 300 workers are still employed with it.

Published on March 09, 2011
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