SHIVA RAJ BHATTA
DHANGADHI: The Pressure Group, formed by the various political parties before the sixth National Games, has decided to file a case against National Sports Council (NSC) at the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).
The meeting of the committee held at the Nepali Congress office today concluded that millions of rupees were misused in the construction works and the materials used in the construction were below par. The all-party committee was initially formed to investigate the irregularities in the construction works at the Dhangadhi Stadium before the National Games held in Far-western Region from February 26 to March 4.
The meeting, which agreed to rename the committee as the Pressure Group, also decided to a lodge complaint at the Public Account Committee (PAC) of the Constituent Assembly and Prime Minister’s office. “We have come to the conclusion that millions of rupees have been misused in the construction of Dhangadhi Stadium and the organisation of the Games itself,” said convenor of the Group Narayan Dutta Bhatta. “We will go to CIAA, PAC and PM’s Office with evidence,” he added. “We will also request all political parties to investigate into the matter,” he said.
Kailali district secretary of CPN-UML Dirgha Sodari demanded a high-level investigation committee. “The newly-built stadium is in a pathetic condition and it is because of the use of low quality materials,” he said. “We feel like crying when we look at it,” Sodari added. The Group also accused NSC Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama of not standing by his words of making public the accounts soon after the completion of the Games.
Hukum Saud, UCPN-Maoists Central Committee member said the covered hall — which was repaired as the cost of Rs 4.2 million —has already started leaking. “The covered hall has started leaking and the courts are not in playing conditions,” Saud said.
Raj Bahadur Singh of Rastriya Janashakti Party said: “We have received so many complaints against the NSC. The locals are yet to receive their dues and some members of the sub-committees were not paid accusing them of not doing their jobs properly.”