Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Indian PM Taking keen interest in 2010 CWG Developments

Sports minister M.S. Gill said Monday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken special interest in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and holds meetings regularly to ensure the success of the mega event that will be held here next year Oct 3-14.

"The Prime Minister takes meetings regularly and has given the Group of Ministers under Jaipal Reddy the mandate to ensure that we are ready and complete for the Games. The Prime Minister is clear that whatever needs to be spent for a successful conduct of the Games will be done," he said.

"In order to expand the budget of the Organizing Committee as is necessary according to financial examination of proposals made, we are about to go to Cabinet and get the sanction," Gill added.

Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the Organizing Committee (OC), also assured that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) delegates, who are here for the General Assembly, are happy with the progress.

"There are many challenges but I can assure you that we will live up to them. We have the full support from the government. I ensure that Delhi will put its best foot forward to host the games.

Gill said that nothing should be taken for granted till the end of the Commonwealth Games.

"This is not Melbourne, this is not Glasgow. Delhi is a city of 15 million people, one of the greatest cities of India. We have made progress over the past few months, but plenty needs to be done. We are confident that we will do a good job," he said.