Himachal chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Wednesday appealed the central government to expedite the payment of around Rs 4,000 crore in form of 7.19% share in three Bhakra Beas Management Board hydropower projects.
Dhumal said in a suo motu statement given in the assembly that state had been victimised by the Union government which favoured Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana but the Supreme Court's subsequent decisions over this interstate dispute awarded 7.19% share in assets and liabilities owing to Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966.
"Through this august house, I want to make a plea to the central government to settle the claims awarded by the Supreme Court in favour of Himachal Pradesh at the earliest," Dhumal said.
He said that the review petition filed by Punjab and Haryana in the apex court challenging its September 2011 order accepting the claim of Himachal was dismissed by the apex court on March 29, 2012.
"In the wake of the apex court's latest judgment, I request the Union government to record its acceptance of Himachal share in the Supreme Court so that the entire amount of the claim could be paid," the chief minister added.
The state had been demanding its due share in these projects for the last 45 years in accordance with the Punjab Reorganisation Act.
The court also directed the states to pay 6 per cent interest on the arrear amount.