While Wal-Mart has invested Rs455.8 crore in Cedar Support Services, a unit of Bharti Ventures, through Mauritius, the RBI do not have data of this deal
New Delhi: US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has invested Rs455.8 crore in a subsidiary of Bharti Ventures in 2010 via its Mauritius arm but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has no data of the same, reports PTI.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said on 29 March 2010, Cedar Support Services Ltd (a subsidiary of Bharti Ventures) issued 45.58 crore compulsorily convertible debentures (CCDs) with face value of Rs10 each.
These CCDs were convertible into 42.59 crore equity shares of Rs10 each at a premium of 70 paisa per share. CCDs are a type of debenture in which the whole value of the debenture must be converted into equity by a specified time.
"The debentures are unsecured and convertible at the option of the subscriber (Wal-Mart Mauritius Holdings Co Ltd) within 18 months from the date of issue," he said.
"As per the balance sheet for the period 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011 filed by Cedar Support Services, it is reported that, on 29 March 2010, the company issued 45.58 crore zero percent CCDs with face value of Rs10 each convertible into 42.59 crore equity shares of Rs10 each at a premium of Rs0.70 per share," the minister said.
He said that on conversion, the subscriber will have 49% holding in the equity on the company.
Sharma also said: "The RBI has reported that its database does not have any record of FDI in Cedar Support Services Ltd".
As on 25th June, except six shares, the remaining 44.33 crore shares were held by Bharti Ventures in Cedar Support Services.
Officials continue to dominate players, be it in games at town level or at Olympic level. This is again happening at the Paralympics, where coaches and spouses or parents of players are not being allowed inside the Games Village as their permits are being used by Paralympic Committee members
Farman Basha is recipient of the Arjuna Award and one of the senior players from the Indian team participating in the London Paralympics. However, he is left without his coach or escort to participate in the event. Reason? The permits or passes of escorts and coaches and facilities are being used by officials of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
“My wife, Antonia sold her jewellery so I could represent India at the Games. She was also supposed to help me get my way around the events. She’s my soul mate and I owe my success to her. Sadly, today she’s stranded outside the Games Village, because Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) members are using the free facilities meant for athletes and their support staff,” he wrote in a petition at Change.org.
This is not the case with just Farman, another athlete Amit Kumar Saroha is a wheelchair participant, but his coach also has been left stranded outside the Games Village. There are several cases of coaches, escorts or family members of players being left outside the Village while officials continue to ‘enjoy’ the “free ride”.
Here is the list of escorts and coaches deprived of their rights to attend the event...
Vijay B Munishwar
John Christopher Nirmal Kumar
Ms Antonita Farman
This step-motherly treatment has also affected the performance of these players. While Farman has been lifting 170kg in the 48kg class, in the absence of his coach and escort, he could not even lift 148kg. Despite undergoing all emotional drama, he managed to secure 5th place in the power lifting event.
“My coach, Sadanand Malashetti, who has trained me for years now, couldn’t access the Games Village even though his name was in the list of attendees provided by the Indian government. After the event when I asked for a pass for my wife who is legally my escort, I was denied the pass since the PCI wanted to punish me for complaining against them,” Farman wrote in his petition to the sports minister.
The issue was also raised by Rajdeep Sardesai on CNN-IBN during his show “Talking Point”, where Ajay Maken, the minister for sports promised action against the officials. According to media reports, Mr Maken had said that he had contacted the Indian High Commission officials and director general of the Sports Authority of India and asked them to look into the matter.
Speaking on the show, Javed Abidi, convener of the Disabled Rights Group alleged that despite knowing the problem beforehand, Mr Maken and the sports ministry failed to take any action. “Athletes checked into the Village a week or 10 days ago. They have been crying since then. The matter has been known to the ministry, then why hasn’t action been taken earlier?” Abidi said. He also alleged that the PCI was not functioning for the benefit of the athletes and faced similar allegations during the Commonwealth Games.
“There was lot of corruption and mismanagement done by PCI during the Commonwealth Games, which is when we raised our voices and dharnas were held. The ministry of sports at that time had come under pressure and had withdrawn the recognition of PCI. Ajay Maken is the person who restored that recognition to the corrupt PCI,” he told the channel.
Officials from PCI have, however, denied these allegations. “We cannot have an escort for every athlete. We have 10 athletes and only six people have been sanctioned to stay inside the Games Village. We are managing things with some people coming early at the Village and leaving late in the evening,” an official from PCI told PTI.
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