State Government committed to all round development of all regions: Virbhader Singh

May 02, 2015 19:25 | Poltics

Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh while addressing a huge gathering at Bassa in Nachan assembly segment of Mandi district today said that the government had recently passed The Himachal Pradesh Sports (Registration, Recognition and Regulation of Associations) Bill, 2015 to regulate the sports associations in the State. He said the bill had been passed with an objective to democratise the functioning of the sports associations and to make them accountable for performance in games and sports. 

He said that Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) committed forgery and grabbed Government property worth crores in Dharamsala for construction of five star hotel and a Stadium.

Virbhadra Singh  said that  Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association which got itself re- registered as Himalayan Players Cricket Association in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh flouted all legal norms and later  once again got itself registered under the company Act somewhere else. The association which was meant for the budding players, to boost sports activities was converted into company for benefit of the few.  He said that it was against the law of the land that unless it gets itself registered with Registrar, co-operative society in the State it could not be given recognition, he said.

 “I am not against sports but I want that the members of all the sports bodies be elected in democratic manner and have equal voting rights”, he added. 

Speaking about the ongoing work of four-laning of Dadour- Mandi highway, the Chief Minister said that the National Highway Authority of India should have ensured the maintenance of the road, till the time, the work on four-laning does not gets completed. He said that the government had sanctioned a sum of Rs.18 crore for construction and maintenance of NH-21 and the remaining 50 % would be borne by Government of India.

He said that education was the backbone of development of any nation and the State Government during its last two years of regime had opened or upgraded more than 700 schools and the strength of schools in the State had gone up to 15,428. He said that we have reached a stage of saturation as far as opening of schools was concerned and now the main focus of the government would be towards improvement of quality of education.

He said that he had served the State for many years and never discriminated between regions in matter of development. It was the opposition, which when comes to power play divisive politics and try creating rift between the people in the name of region and religion. “I believe that we  all are inhabitants of one region and one country and I wish that India remains the most developed and strengthened and powerful  Nation”, he added.

The Chief Minister announced upgradation of Government High  School Chachyot, Shala and Baddu to Senior secondary schools, Middle Schools Fagwao, Chokri, Koot, Tunna and Sondhi  to High Schools and Primary school Daan and Thamadi to Middle Schools.

The Chief Minister said that the issue of opening of Gas agency at Bassa would be taken up with the concerned Union Minister.

The Chief Minister also performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of drinking water supply scheme at Bassa to cost Rs 90 lakhs. It would benefit 28 habitations of eight villages. 

Later, the Chief Minister also addressed public meeting in Lot in Nachan assembly segment after dedicating community centre and meeting hall constructed at a cost of rupees 25 lakhs.

Speaking on the occasion Irrigation and Public Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes said that 32416 habitations were being provided 70 litre water per person per day, adding that 89.50 percent of the families in the State were being provided tap drinking water facility and as per the demands from different areas hand-pumps were being installed in rural areas of the State.

State Youth Congress President Shri Vikramaditya Singh said that the Sports Bill passed in the Vidhan Sabha was for the welfare of the sports bodies and a step ahead to stop monopolisation of sports associations. He said that there should be democratically elected governing members in sports bodies.

He said that for the sake of development of the State all the people should join hands with the government. “we may have different political ideologies but when we talk of equitable development of the State we are Himachali’s first of all”, he said adding that for ensuring the development activities to take place we all should, forgetting political difference should stand united.