The Himachal Pradesh government on Monday withdrew its earlier decision to cancel the lease of land allotted to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) for creating infrastructure.
The decision was taken at an emergent meeting of the state cabinet held here under the chairmanship of chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday.
The state government apparently withdrew its earlier decision in the wake of the state high court orders passed on November 5, directing the state government to restore status quo ante.
Incidentally, on Monday the government also filed a reply in the court and the hearing of the case is listed for November 28. In a decision seen as a setback to the government, the division bench comprising chief justice AM Khanwilkar and justice Kuldip Singh on October 28 restored position that existed on October 26 when the state government had cancelled the lease of lands given to the cricket association and took possession of the property past midnight.
The court maintained that the government action was against law and the bench further agreed with the petitioner that the decision was politically motivated. The state cabinet had cancelled the grant of lease of all lands given to the HPCA and took over the property, including the cricket stadium and Hotel Pavilion at Dharamsala and land at Bilaspur, Nurpur, Kotkhai and Shimla, on October 26 midnight.
It was on October 28 that the HPCA had moved court against the state government's decision to cancel lease of its properties.
The state cabinet also mulled over enacting a law to regulate sports bodies in the state.
“The government is keeping its options open. We could either bring in ordinance or bill to regulate the sports bodies,” said the chief minister here on the sidelines of a function organised by the local cable network to launch digitalisation of cable network.
“The previous bill could be redrafted,” said Singh.
Further, the cabinet also gave its approval for construction of civil health centre at Sunni in Shimla district based on pre-fabricated structure and design.
It was decided to invite open bids for the work and terms and conditions of the contract will be negotiated by the departmental committee.
The cabinet also gave its consent for filling of 10 posts of block development officers through direct recruitment in the pay scale of Rs. 10,300-34,800+5000 grade pay in the rural development department.
Gives approval for construction of civil health centre at Sunni in Shimla district based on pre-fabricated structure and design
Okays filling of 10 posts of block development officers through direct recruitment