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THE STATE OF HIMACHAL PRADESH ACT, 1970

Title : THE STATE OF HIMACHAL PRADESH ACT, 1970

Year : 1970



(1) All such property and assets within the existing Union territory of Himachal Pradesh as are held immediately before the appointed day by the Union for purposes of governance of that Union territory shall, on and from that day, pass to the State of Himachal Pradesh, unless the purposes for which such property and assets are so held are Union purposes :

Provided that the cash balances in the treasuries in the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh before the appointed day shall, as from that day, vest in the State of Himachal Pradesh.

(2) All rights, liabilities and obligation (other than those relatable to, or in connection with, a Union purpose), whether arising out of any contract or otherwise, which are, immediately before the appointed day,-

(a) The rights, liabilities and obligations of the Central Government arising out of, or in connection with the governance of the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh; or

(b) The rights, liabilities and obligations of the Administrator of the existing Union territory of Himachal Pradesh in his capacity as such, or of the Government of that Union territory, shall, on and from the appointed day, be the rights, liabilities and obligations of the Government of the State of Himachal Pradesh.

(3) The right to recover arrears of-

(a) Any tax or duty being a tax or duty enumerated in the State List in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, or

(b) Any duty referred to in Article 268, or

(c) Any tax under the Central Sales Tax Act, 1956, which have fallen due in the existing Union territory of Himachal Pradesh shall pass to the State of Himachal Pradesh.

(4) The provisions of this section shall not apply to or in relation to,-

(a) Any benefit or burden of any assets, rights, liabilities or obligations of the Union under the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966 attributable to the transferred territories as defined in the said Act;

(b) Any institution, undertaking or project the expenditure in relation to which is immediately beĀ¬fore the appointed day met from out of the Consolidated Fund of India;

(c) Any property which has been placed by the Union at the disposal of the Administration of the existing Union territory of Himachal Pradesh subject to the condition that the ownership thereof will continue to vest in the Union.

Explanation.- For the purposes of this section-

(a) "Liability" includes liability in respect of any civil deposit, local fund deposit, charitable or other endowment, provident fund account, pension or actionable wrong;

(b) "Union purposes" mean the purposes of Government relatable to any of the matters mentioned in the Union List.



(1) In this section, the expression "successor States"and "transferred territories" have the meaning respectively assigned to them in the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966.

(2) The Central Government may, by order, transfer to the State of Himachal Pradesh the benefit or burden of any assets rights, liabilities or bligations of the Union under the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, in so far as such benefit or burden is, in the opinion of the Central Government, attributable to the transferred territories.

(3) An order made under sub-section (2) may provide that the Stale of Himachal Pradesh shall be successor State in relation to the transferred territories for all or any of the purposes of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, or confer or imp, se on the State of Himachal Pradesh rights and obligations which correspond so far as may be to the rights and obligations conferred or imposed on the successor States by or under that Act.

(4) Without prejudice to the provisions of section 49, the Central Government may, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of this section, by order, direct that the provisions of Part IV, Part VII, Part VIII and Part IX and connected provisions of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, shall have effect subject to such exceptions and modifications as may be specified in the order.

Last updated on September, 2016

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