Shimla : Permission has been given to 1,370 non agriculturists to buy land under section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh tenancy and land reforms act since 2008.
In the absence of the stateâ€™s revenue minister Gulab Singh, the IPH minister Ravinder Ravi said Thursday in the state assembly that out of 1,370 cases, 1,004 were from outside Himachal while the remaining 366 were locals.
He said no separate permission was granted in such cases for change of land use.But each permission was given for a specific purpose and this automatically resulted in land use in the classification of land records.
According to law people from outside the state and even non agriculturists from within the state cannot buy land in rural Himachal.
This is a highly contentious issue and permissions are granted from time to time by both the BJP and the Congress, even though both parties accuse each other of violating this law.