Shimla (Sept 27): In what could be described an historic decision in the history of Himachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court on India today ordered allotment of 7.19 % share to the state in power generated at all Bhakra Beas Management Board projects. The state had been demanding its due share in these projects for the last 45 years in accordance with the Punjab Re-organisation Act.
The central government has been asked to compute the amount of arrears that needed to be paid to Himachal Pradesh by other states for being denied 7.19% share in the projects since 1966. The court also directed the states to pay 6% interest on the arrear amount.
On the other hand, political parties were quick to claim credit for the development with chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Union minister Virbhadra Singh issuing separate statements. While Dhumal said the Congress government at the time of the state’s formation was responsible for not protecting the state’s interests, Singh claimed it was his government that had approached the Supreme Court in 1996 over the matter.