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Manmohan gets clean chit in Commonwealth Games scam

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 11, 2017

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Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman KV Thomas said here on Tuesday that there were no conclusive evidences against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or his office in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam.

The panel will submit its report on the scam on Wednesday, Thomas added.

He said during his tenure the panel submitted 73 reports on issues such as ultra mega power projects, hydrocarbon production sharing contracts and the JNNURM.

Reports on issues such as allocation of 2G and 3G spectrum, and monitory policy after demonetisation, are in the finishing stage, he further said.

Meanwhile, the PAC tabled a report on the Railways’ suburban train services. It urged the Railways Ministry to create a separate organisational set-up for improvement of suburban services. The PAC said there should be separate fund allocation for such services, and its operational efficiency should be enhanced.

The panel also mooted redesigning of the coaches with automatic doors to avoid accidents.

It further noted major flaws in the security system pertained to non-functional door frame metal detectors, multiple entry and exit points at suburban stations, non-manning of door frame metal detectors, and non installation of CCTV cameras.

The panel also recommended that the Centre hire an external agency to undertake a study of operations of the Railways and suggest measures to reduce the cost of operations.

It urged the Railways to exploit the chances of its commercial publicity potential. The Ministry could give incentives to zones which earn maximum revenue through advertisements, it observed.

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Published on April 11, 2017
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