No Tibetan granted permission to buy land in Himachal

Shimla: With benami land acquisitions by Tibetans under the scanner, the Himachal assembly on Friday was informed that in three years 10 case of illegally land being bought by Tibetan refugees had been detected.

Revenue minister Gulab Singh let the house know in a written statement that out of the 42 benami deals in 3 years detected in violation of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act of 1972, ten of them involved Tibetans.

Besides the illegal land deals, there are 234 cases of Tibetans having encroached upon government land for constructing houses.

For getting the encroachments removed, the matter is before the courts, he said.

The minister reiterated that the government had not granted permission to any Tibetan for buying land in the state in three years.

Tibetan exiles who fled after China occupied their country in 1959 and took up refugee status in India to set up a government in exile at Dharamsala, Kangra have been denied rights to buy any land in the state.

A recent census of Tibetan refugees had put the count at 27,542 of them residing in Himachal, mainly around Dharamsala.

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