The disputes over division of assets and liabilities between Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand continue to linger on even as the new state completes 10 years in November this year.
A close scrutiny indicates that in some cases the two states have not been able to make a move forward due to the trivial nature of the disputes, their complexity or just technicalities. Take the case of Uttar Pradesh Hydro Electric Power Corporation. A sum of about Rs 600 crore is involved in the dispute between the two states. Officials here point out that UP had taken loan of Rs 359 crore from the Life Insurance Corporation of India to set up Maneri Bhali project in Uttarakhand. So, Uttarakhand should pay the loan now.
The Uttarakhand government on the other hand has asserted that UP had not spent the loan amount on Maneri Bhali project. It points out that the amount was spent on some other project and thus there was no question of Uttarakhand government paying the loan amount.
UP Fisheries Develop-ment Corporation’s case also appears interesting. The corporation has to pay to Uttarakhand the royalty for fishing in Sharada Sagar project. This dispute involves a sum of Rs 3.87 crore. A sum of Rs 1 crore has been already paid to the new state.
But the two states have not been able to take a decision about dividing the area of the Sharda Sagar. A survey of the state Irrigation department has indicated that 69 percent of the area of the Sharda Sagar was in UP while the remaining part was in Uttarakhand. The Irrigation department has been now asked to settle the issue by June 30, 2010.
Other disputes include the Uttar Pradesh Small Industries Corpor-ation. According to UPSIDC Uttarakhand government had not paid a sum of Rs 3.27 crore despite sending several reminders.
Uttar Pradesh Finance Corporation on the other hand has not paid a sum of about Rs 30.06 crore to Uttara-khand. UPFC also has to pay six percent interest on the amount. Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation, Technical Education department and the Panchayat Raj department are also involved in dispute for one reason or the other.
But the most serious issues are related to division of assets and liabilities of the Irrigation department and the power projects situated in Uttarakhand.
“The Union Govern-ment is seized with these issues and may soon constitute Ganga Manage-ment Board to oversee these projects,” said Principal Secretary Reorganisation RM Srivastava.
He said Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta had convened a meeting of the senior officers of various departments here on June 28 to decide future course of action.
The departments were now being asked to hold meetings with their respective counter parts and inform the state government if they failed to find a solution to the pending issues, he said.
About the transfer, Srivastava said, “We have nearly worked out all the issues concerning division of personnel between the two states. Barring the issues concerning 25 to 30 police personnel of constable and head constable rank all the representations of others had been decided.”