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New Delhi, Apr 11 (PTI) In a surprising statement, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Mani Shankar Aiyar today said hosting Commonwealth Games at a huge cost of Rs 7,000 crore was of little relevance to common Indians and it was only an attempt to improve the country's global image.
"Whether you organise Commonwealth Games in Delhi or in Melbourne, the state of people living in the colonies right opposite the game site (on the banks of Yamuna) will remain the same," Aiyar said at a CII seminar.
He said most of Indian sports lovers would watch these games on television anyway, irrespective of the venue.
"Government does not have enough money for social development programmes but has sanctioned Rs 7,000 for hosting the Commonwealth Games just to improve India's image internationally," the minister incharge of the country's Sports Affairs said to the surprise of the business leaders present that included CII President R Seshasayee, CEO and Chairman Bharati Enterprises Sunil Bharati Mittal, Hero Corporate Services Chairman Sunil Kant Munjal, Ballarpur Industries Chairman Gautam Thapar and Chairman Boston Consulting Group Arun Maira.
Aiyar is the chairman of an Apex Committee in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports that will monitor the implementation of the decisions of the Group of Ministers and other matters related to the games. PTI