An Express Investigation on CWG: Their Common Wealth

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Father and daughter, uncle and nephew, twin siblings, mother and son, sister and brother, father and daughter and daughter-in-law — the list of employees of the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games, chaired by Suresh Kalmadi, includes at least 38 of the top brass who are related to each other, an investigation by The Indian Express has revealed.

For the record, these men and women were hired after they responded to ads in newspapers, sent applications and were then interviewed by a committee.

The man who heads the committee, N P Singh, Joint Director, General Administration and Workforce, says it is a "coincidence that so many of them are inter-related." Asked if this raised questions of propriety and favouritism, Singh said: "What is more important is their competence, not the relationships. This is just a coincidence."

This is what Singh calls "just a coincidence":

1. Four nephews of OC vice chairman Randhir Singh have been hired. Three work in the Commonwealth Games Association Relations (dealing with Commonwealth associations of 71 countries), directly under Singh.

Amar Singh Wazir and Yadu Raj Singh are Directors; Tejinder Singh is Project Officer while the fourth nephew is with the OC's Spectator Services wing as Assistant Project Officer. A Director is paid an average salary of Rs 79,000 a month (see box).

When asked if his uncle helped, Yadu Raj Singh said: "I have a strong background in sports and communication. I have previously worked for a marketing firm which works for several golf tournaments in India. In 2006, I was asked if I wanted to be part of Commonwealth Games. After this, I was selected through interview and was sent to Melbourne for two months of training. I am handling some of the biggest Commonwealth Games contingents."

Said Amar Singh Wazir: "If my uncle was responsible for my job, then he would have straightaway appointed me at a senior post of a Deputy Director General. I joined OC as Project Officer and was promoted (to Director) on the basis of appreciation letters."

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