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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.]

If this implication of corruption is not true, and the Indian government actually believes that the work was not done, they need to demonstrate EVIDENCE of having informed the Australian suppliers well BEFORE the Games were commenced, about these alleged irregularities.
 
Let India publish clear details about communications to Australian contractors about their alleged failures,
 
OR 
 
let this be clear to India that the next time it wants to organise such an event (Olympics?) no help whatsoever will be forthcoming from genuine companies. Only frauds will participate in its corrupt processes.
 
There is also the not inconsequential matter of the Indian Government not having paid travel money YET to Australia after having promised it before the Games.
 
The India government's reputation is a total mess. The government must change. Please join or support FTI if you want to see a genuine change in your lifetime. 

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2 thoughts on “Is the Indian government trying to cheat hard working Australian contractors?
  1. raj

    it hardly surprises me. The organizers have the guts to cheat hard working people! the Commonwealth games is a big disaster and no one will be held accountable. I really don't think Indians want any freedom. All they want is socialism and poverty. Socialism is rooted everywhere.
    This country is the laughing stock of the world and even sad is the fact that most people of this nation have very low standards. It makes me doubt if we can really find 1500 leaders who believe in the liberty. More than 60 years of dismal failure everywhere…yet there is hardly any outrage. We certainly deserve to rot.

     
  2. raj

    it hardly surprises me. The organizers have the guts to cheat hard working people! the Commonwealth games is a big disaster and no one will be held accountable. I really don't think Indians want any freedom. All they want is socialism and poverty. Socialism is rooted everywhere.
    This country is the laughing stock of the world and even sad is the fact that most people of this nation have very low standards. It makes me doubt if we can really find 1500 leaders who believe in the liberty. More than 60 years of dismal failure everywhere…yet there is hardly any outrage. We certainly deserve to rot.