Dehradun: Efforts of turning the region into a winter games hub by the state government have proved to be a damp squib.

It’s more than a year since the winter games got over but the government is yet to dissolve the Organizing Committee of Winter Games (OCWG). It is also not acquiring the infrastructure required for the games.

Notably, the SAFF winter games were organized here in January 2010. The organizing committee formed then should have been dissolved by now but it is still operational. The OC was constituted of the senior working members of different state government departments. Every officer was assigned responsibilities which they could not complete on time. Therefore, they are still working and their salaries are drawnfrom the government exchequer.

Accepting the unnecessary delay in the preparations of the Winter Games, State Sports Minister Khajandas said, “Steps have been taken to improve the condition and the OCWG will soon be dissolved.”

JPN/Bureau