Virbhadra backtracks on one campus for Kangra Central University

Dharamshala: Having vehemently opposed two campus for Kangra Central University when the BJP government was in power, chief minister Virbhdara Singh let media persons here know that constructions was going on at two places and efforts would be made to construct the larger part at one place.

Responding to a question from the media, the chief minister said that the 2003-07 Congress government had granted permission for setting up the central university at Dharamshala but the Prem Kumar Dhumal government did not provide land at a single place for the new institution.

Instead for political considerations land was allotted at two sites in Dharmashala and in Dehra, an area which forms part of Hamirpur parliamentary constituency that is represented by Anurag Thakur, son of Dhumal, said Virbhadra.

Construction at both places had started but efforts would be made to construct the larger part of the university at one place, he said.

It may be recalled that last week the vice-chancellor of the upcoming Kangra Central University had met the chief minister at his Shimla office and apprised him about the latest status of the institution.

With part of the campus already under construction at Dehra, several congressmen from the area are also insisting that plans of scrapping the second campus of the institute be dropped.

In response to another question about revival of HP Administrative Tribunal which had been denotified by the Dhumal government, the chief minister said that the government would seek opinion of various employee unions before taking any decision about it.

Expressing deep anguish over killing of two Indian soldiers on the Indo-Pak LoC the chief minister said that it was violation of International laws and Government of India had strongly protested against it.

He said that such inhuman treatment was also meted out with Captain Saurav Kalia of Himachal Pradesh and such an act by Pakistani soldiers was unworthy behavior of men in uniform.

About election of deputy speaker, Virbhadra said, “he would be from Congress party.”

About allocating work to the three chief parliamentary secretaries, the chief minister said that it would be done after the Vidhan Sabha session. The cabinet would be expanded at the time of the budget session, he added. There are two slots vacant in the cabinet.

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