New Delhi: The loot in the Commonwealth Games seems to be never ending. The CAG report continues to bring ripples.

According to the report, the government-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) which got the contract for providing telecommunication services outsourced the contract to a private firm.

Defying the contract rules MTNL, which had received the contract worth Rs 270.70 crore passed it on to HCL Cisco at Rs 387.19 crore, clearly earning a profit of nearly Rs 100 crore.

Making harsh comments, the CAG in its report expressed shock when the MTNL made an agreement with the Organising Committee (OC) to use a costly technology which was disapproved for broadcasting by other CWG host countries. Eventually, they had to resort to old technology for broadcasting. Even Doordarshan did not avail the costly technology and eventually used Dark Fibre technique.

The CAG noted that the MTNL changed technical necessities in the contract to favour HCL Cisco. Airtel had also proposed for providing telecommunications facility to the OC. The company in its Rs 160 crore contract bid had also included Rs 100 crore sponsorship proposals.

Though the OC was in talks with Airtel for the proposal, it did not put forth Airtel’s bid in front of the government while the proposal was much better than MTNL, the report added.

JPN/Bureau