No dilution of Himachal Land Reforms Act – Dhumal

29Aug-Conference-01Shimla: Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal stated that no dilution of section 118 of HP Land Reforms and Tenancy Act, 1972, had been carried out but the government has settled upon grant of a Himachal bonafide certificate to any resident who has been living in the state for two decades.

Speaking at a meet the press program, the chief minister said that opposition congress was spreading canards about section 118. The section debars any non-agriculturalist from buying agricultural land in Himachal.

He said, “No dilution of the Act has been made. Four amendments of 1976, 1988, 1995 & 1997 in section 118 were carried out when congress was in power.”

Only thing the government has done is granting a bonafide Himachali certificate to any resident who has been living in the state for two decades, he clarified.

Besides, a bonafide Himachali certificate does not entitle one to buy agricultural land in the state, he said.

The chief minister reiterated that a new stringent anti-encroachment law had been enacted which would be enforced to evict illegal occupation of forest or other government lands.

He said, “The government would act tough on encroachers. Those who have felled forests to raise apple orchards would be evicted.

Retracting from an earlier governments policy to regularise encroachments set out in 2002 when he was chief minister, Dhumal said, “providing relief to weaker sections, consisting of scheduled caste or tribe, widows and other marginal people on encroachments made would be considered.”

Making a specific mention of former union steel minister Virbhadra Singh having surrendered 80 bigha’s of land, which he could not legally own, Dhumal said that it would be inquired whether the government had taken physical possession of it.

Terming the 100 days of UPA government as disappointing, he said that none of issues that Himachal has been raising: be it increasing quota of rice and other foodgrains, expansion of rail network, increasing industrial package to 2013 and beyond, starting the Kangra central university or releasing funds for the Rs 2000 Cr natural calamity losses that the state suffered because of heavy rains in 2008 stands resolved.

Responding to Virbhadra Singh’s accusations that the CD case slapped on him was mainly for electoral purposes, Dhumal said, “if that was the motive, the central forensic and science laboratory (CFSL) report about Virbhadra’s voice matching with that on the audio recording sent for testing could have been made public before the Mandi parliamentary election. The government had received the report before the elections.”

The matter was sent for a vigilance inquiry in November, 2007 when Virbhadra was chief minister and now law is catching up. After registration of a case both he and Vijay Singh Mankotia would be questioned on the matter by the investigating agency, he said.

Over BJP’s Shimla meet fallout which has proved a Pandora’s box for the party, Dhumal said, “BJP would emerge stronger from the cleansing after the detailed analysis that party leaders dwelt upon at the Chintan Baithak.”

Photo by: Amit Kanwar.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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2 Comments

  1. says: gaurav

    its our 1st priority to save our himachali forests if land reforms act has been breaked then outsider will take land and they makes the himachal like punjab bcs they have a lot of money itself so avoid this corruption and our natural phinomina will be destroyed……………….

  2. says: Sushil kumar

    1)Can bonafied HImachal certificate holder can bye a land in M C area(.2) can bonafied himachali certificate holder bye a flat in sada or town and country planning area without taking permission of 118

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