Annoyed with Governor Acharya Devvrat for not taking any decision on HP Sports (Registration, Recognition and Regulation of Associations) Bill 2015 passed by the Himachal Pradesh assembly in April 2015, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday accused him of not performing his constitutional duties.
“Personally, I have a lot of respect for Acharya Devvrat. He possesses in-depth knowledge of Indian culture, but it appears as if he is not performing his constitutional duties. I may have to take a second birth to get his assent to the bill pending at Raj Bhawan for over seven months,” Singh said after returning from New Delhi.
This was the second time when Singh has gone in public to convey his displeasure over the delay in granting assent to the Sports bill, which the government had passed to regulate the functioning of the Sports bodies in the state.
The chief minister said that going by the impression which the Raj Bhawan is giving, there seems little hope of the Governor granting his assent to the legislation. “But, that was not fair. The assembly had done its role by enacting the bill. To give assent or reject it, was the prerogative of the Governor and he was bound by the constitution. The bill can’t be held indefinitely,” said Singh.
The bill envisages providing compulsory registration and regulation of sports bodies. As many as 42 sports bodies, including the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association are included in the list eligible for registration with Registrar (Societies) under the HP Societies Act.
The Bill provides that any Association undertaking sports activities at state or district level and is already registered under the Societies Act will have to amend its bye-laws in consonance with the provision of the Sports Bill for registration and hold elections within 30 days.
The Bill also provides for a mechanism to keep a check on accounts of the sports bodies and ensure that these functioned in a transparent manner.
The Congress government had enacted Sports Act in Himachal in its previous tenure in 2006 also but it was stayed by High Court and remained pending. The BJP on return to power, scrapped the bill.