Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a programme here on Tuesday, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said an ad hoc committee has been constituted to control cricket in Himachal Pradesh and it will be later expanded by including former cricket players and other people related to cricket for smooth conduct of the game.
The government had taken over the HPCA infrastructure in a midnight swoop on Sunday.
Commenting on HPCA chief Anurag Thakur's statement that action against the cricket body had been taken to take political revenge, the chief minister said the move was not politically motivated and action was taken after irregularities were found in the sports body's functioning.
He said the government had given land for stadium on annual lease of ` 1to promote cricket in the state, but the HPCA officials made it their personal property.
The chief minister said the land was given to the HPCA as a society, but the sports body changed its status from society to company without informing the government, which was not acceptable. “Hence, the government decided to cancel all lease deeds of land allotted to the HPCA,” said the CM.
Later, speaking on the closing ceremony of the three-day 46th HP police sports meet at police grounds, the chief minister said the state government was committed to promote sports activities and provide best infrastructural facilities to sportspersons.
The chief minister said police personnel work hard to maintain law and order and such events not only provide them an opportunity for recreation, but also a platform to exhibit their talent and help them in personality development along with instilling the spirit of discipline and tolerance.
He announced a financial grant of Rs 15 lakh per year to the police department to organise police sports meet regularly.
The chief minister also announced Rs 65 lakh for the construction of a separate building in the SP complex for registration of Tibetan and foreign tourists, Rs 15 lakh for water supply scheme for police lines, Dharamsala, Rs 15 lakh for the repair of police station, Dharamsala.
The chief minister also distributed prizes to the winners of various sports events. Constable Dinesh Kumar was awarded the best performance trophy and overall best performance award was given to the southern range.
Earlier, the chief minister presided over the annual function of Himachal and Punjab Gorkha Association.
The chief minister said the Gorkha community had contributed for the enrichment of their rich traditions. The chief minister was accompanied by transport minister GS Bali, urban development minister Sudhir Sharma, former MP Chander Kumar and other Congress MLAs and district officials.