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Uttarakhand high court has directed the state government on Monday to submit its reply regarding the interest waiver announcement for hotels and resort owners of Gangotri region, within six weeks. A PIL filed by a BJP leader on Monday demanded that the waiver should be granted to all victims of the 'Himalayan Tsunami', not to a selective lot.

The public interest litigation (PIL), filed by state BJP leader Balraj Pasi was heard by a division bench of justices VK Bist and UC Dhyani and the next hearing has been scheduled for March 16. The chief minister announced interest waiver to hoteliers and resort owners in Gangotri region on January 13 who were the victims of the June 2013 flash floods.

"The PIL stated that the waiver should be granted to all victims of natural disaster in the state, not to the selective lot. The court considered the litigation with utmost sensitivity," said Shivangi Gangwar, the petitioner's advocate.

The state government had earlier granted waiver of electricity and power bills for three years to the people of affected areas in the state.

Alleging the government for negligence and discrimination, Balraj Pasi said, "What is the logic of granting special favours to some people while leaving the majority out? All victims should be treated equally. If there is any waiver it should be extended to all victims of the 2013 disaster."

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