CMs of UP & Uttarakhand agree to resolve pending issues

Chief Ministers of UP and Uttarakhand Akhilesh Yadav and Vijay Bahuguna met and decided to resolve all outstanding issues between the two states.

Lucknow: Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Akhilesh Yadav and Vijay Bahuguna met here on Thursday and decided to resolve all outstanding issues between the two states, including division of assets and transfer of employees, on a priority basis.

Bahuguna was assured by Yadav that all pending issues related to division of assets and responsibilities, transfer of employees and funds for pension benefits for the employees would be taken up soon with emphasis on out-of-court settlement, Congress sources said.

Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000.

The UP CM has assured his Uttarakhand counterpart that the remaining funds for settling pensions amounting to around Rs 1000 crores would be provided in installments, the sources said adding it has also been decided that the chief secretaries of both the states would meet within a week to help resolve all issues.

The meeting, which lasted for half an hour, also decided that the prisoners in the jails of the two states would be transferred to their native states, sources said.

Yadav, while drawing the attention of Bahuguna to the Kumbh slated for next year, requested for maintaining continuous flow of water in the Ganges, to which the latter assured all help, the sources said adding Bahuguna sought the help of Yadav for completing National Highway 58 which connects Dehradun with Delhi and he was assured that UP would provide 21 hectares of land required for the same.

The two Chief Ministers also took a decision to organize a 3-day meeting of CMs of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, UP and Uttarakhand in Dehradun soon to discuss promotion of tourism industry and other development issues besides deciding that buses plying between these states use single pass system for improving tourism.