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Govt not in favour of monopolising public assets: Cong minister

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, November 06, 2013
First Published: 19:17 IST(6/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:20 IST(6/11/2013)

A day after Himachal Pradesh high court decided to restore the possession of international cricket stadium in Dharamshala and other properties to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), the government on Wednesday cited its intention to ensure accessibility of sports facility to common masses.

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The government only aims to ensure availability of public assets provided for promotion of sports to common people, clarified industries minister, Mukesh Agnihotri, in a statement issued here on Wednesday.

The government also doesn't want these assets to be monopolised or misused for mean motives, he said adding that it was the duty of the government to take cognisance whether organisations were flouting rules and working against the law.

Citing government's commitment to promote sports in state, he said it was working to maintain the true spirit and sanctity of sports.

"The state government does not believe in interfering in sports organisation's affairs," he said, adding that it was only committed to ensure free and fair working.

The objective of the state government was to facilitate sports organisations and to ensure transparency of works and its democratic functioning.

"The government wants to ensure that sports bodies do not become private property of any individual or their vested interests," Agnihotri said.

Lashing out at the Opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), he said: "The BJP's outcry of spite was a ploy to detract investigating agencies, which is probing into irregularities committed during the previous government."

"HPCA's affairs have been in controversy for quite some time and there were numerous complaints against its functioning from various quarters," Agnihotri said.

He said the BJP's stance was clearly in favour of the HPCA, instead of public interest.

"BJP favoured HPCA during its regime by ignoring common people," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the high court asked the state government to restore status quo on HPCA's properties.

The state government had taken over the properties of HPCA on October 26 midnight after which HPCA had moved the high court on October 28 seeking 'natural justice'.


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