The Haryana government on Wednesday introduced a bill in the assembly for setting up a premier sports university.
The Haryana Sports University Bill, 2021 was introduced in the assembly after the government withdrew the previous Haryana Sports University Bill, 2019 following “certain observations from the Centre”. The new bill, which will be debated on Thursday, seeks to remove the objections raised by the central government.
On March 8, the Haryana Assembly withdrew the Haryana Sports University Bill, 2019, in which it had earlier announced to appoint cricket legend Kapil Dev as chancellor. In September 2019, then Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij had announced that Kapil Dev would be the first chancellor of Haryana Sports University in Rai in Sonipat district.
The bill was withdrawn after Sports Minister Sandeep Singh moved a resolution in the House, saying the state government has decided to take a “review” on the Centre’s recommendations. Since there was no provision for nomination of the member by the UGC for the appointment of vice-chancellor in the earlier draft bill, the Center had asked the state government to “revisit” the bill.
“The Research Committee shall consist of five persons, of whom two shall be appointed by the Executive Council and two by the state government, one by the UGC,” said the new bill tabled in the House. For the appointment of eminent sports personalities for the positions of Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, the bill added: “They will be eminent people in the field of sports who will be either sports people of international reputation or renowned sports administrators or sports academics.”
CONG RAISES ISSUE OF ALEGGE RETARD IN TABLING CAG REPORT IN ASSEMBLY
The main opposition Congress on Wednesday raised the issue of the alleged delay in tabling the CAG report in the Haryana Assembly. Addressing the issue in the House during Zero Hour, Congress leader Kiran Choudhary said, “The CAG report should be tabled at the beginning of the session. If the members receive the report on time, they can raise some points in the interest of the state.”
However, Speaker Gian Chand Gupta said that the House Affairs Advisory Committee has already set the date for tabling the documents. Choudhary said that the CAG report is usually submitted on the same day when the budget estimates are submitted, but that has not been done. The CAG report on ‘Social, General and Economic Sectors’ for the year ended March 31, 2019 was tabled in the Haryana Assembly on Tuesday.
Another Congress legislator, Geeta Bhukkal, said that while the MLAs were earlier given laptops and tablets, this time they could not open the file containing the CAG report as it was given on CD. “The CAG report should be given on a pen drive and not on CDs, which are outdated and do not open in current laptops and computers,” he said. Congress member BB Batra raised another issue in the House, saying that the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Public Accounts should be from the opposition. Congress member RS Kadian said that in half of the Assembly committees, the chairpersons should be from the opposition, which would help improve governance.
FARMERS TO BE COMPENSATED FOR THEIR CROP DAMAGE, SAYS DUSHYANT
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday said that action will be taken regarding damage to agricultural crops due to hail or water on the basis of the reports submitted by the Commissioners. Deputies. He elaborated that there is no lack of budget and that additional pipes or pumping sets will also be installed in areas where water is prevalent, if necessary. Chautala, who also holds the portfolio of Revenue and Disaster Management Department, while replying to a question raised by an MLA in the House, said that there are 18 assembly constituencies in the state where water is present in low line areas despite the lack. of excessive rain due to which farmers’ crops suffer. He said the first meeting of the Disaster Management Department was held in January and the second meeting is expected in April. Thus, if an MLA drafts the report in this regard after meeting the Deputy Commissioner of the district concerned, necessary action will be taken.