3rd February 2011
Is the Indian government trying to cheat hard working Australian contractors?
India continues to "enhance" its reputation as a deeply corrupt and misgoverned nation.
I am disappointed (but not surprised) at the news report that "Australian companies still owed hundreds of thousands of dollars from last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi will not see their money".
These companies report that ''At no time during the term of the contract did [Games organisers] mention any dissatisfaction and waited two months after the Games, and two months after final payment was due, to announce that Spectak was 'not up to the mark. The [Games] response is ridiculous, but then so many of their decisions were.''
One of these contractors said: ''They were extremely delighted with the result, we went way over and above the contract. And we had good relations with the people we worked with, that's why this is so disappointing,''
This is a mess! Some explaining is surely needed.
India should make the details of this matter public – else the ONLY valid conclusion that can be drawn is that Indian bureaucrats and politicians must have demanded bribes but upon not getting them, cooked up stories about the work not having been delivered.
[Context: 99% of the suppliers to governments in India must factor in HUGE bribes that are payable before final payments are approved. Indeed, it is VERY easy to get paid for work that has not been done at all – which is the typical way the politicians and bureaucrats – and corrupt businesses – in India make money. The Australians were probably ignorant about the ORGANISED CORRUPTION RACKET of Indian Government – a racket that goes right to the top (i.e. Prime Minster or head of ruling party), and did not pay the "necessary" bribes.]