Shimla : Thousands of Nepalese nationals sprinkled all over Himachal Pradesh have urged the state government to allow them the facility of ration cards which will ensure them many rights .
A representation has been moved by a Nepalese organisation the Mool Prabha Akhil Bharat Nepali Ekta Samaj, top sources told the Hill Post .
They further say when Tibetan refugees are entitled to ration cards and subsidised rations why not Nepalese citizens who have a bigger claim .
They say since they are contributing to the stateâ€™s economy they should enjoy the benefits like ration cards which will give them identity , cheap rations and cooking gas from the stateâ€™s food and civil supplies stores .
The Gorkha population keeps fluctuating in the state but according to the stateâ€™s home department it is estimated to be 36,312 .
Many Gorkhas visit the state for a few months in a year while others are settled here for many years .The largest influx of the hardy Gorkha labour takes place in the stateâ€™s apple belt .
The Tibetan population is estimated to be 33,878 ,while others put it higher . Majority of them live in Dharamsala and the surrounding Kangra valley .
During the past few months the state government has been seriously looking into bogus ration cards urging people to surrender such cards .
This move comes after the union food and civil supplies ministry and the recent census department report pointed out that there were a lot of bogus ration card holders in the state .
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