Himachal State Formulates Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy

March 24, 2015 10:56 am

Home Kalon Dolma Gyari with Shri. Kaul Singh Thakur, Minister for Health and Revenue, Himachal Pradesh.

DHARAMSHALA: Home Kalon Gyari Dolma and Home Secretary Mr. Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang of the Central Tibetan Administration, met with Shri. Kaul Singh Thakur, Minister for Health and Revenue, at the PWD guest house on Sunday, 22 March. The Minister was in town to grace the 54th founding anniversary ceremony of Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute (TMAI).

Representatives of Tibetan nunneries, monasteries and the 218 families, who are facing eviction notice, have also personally come to meet and express their grievances to the minister.

Representatives of Tibetan monasteries, nunneries and 218 families facing eviction notice, meeting the minister.

On behalf of the representatives, Kalon apprised the Minister of their grievances and explained that the eviction orders may create chaos, as the settlers have been living in the area for the last more than fifty years. She requested that the area be kindly denotified from forestland and the refugee areas be kindly regularized/legalized by giving the land on lease to the individual residents or to the CTRC.

Kalon welcomed the decision of the Himachal government which is the first state government to formulate the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy and thanked the cabinet headed by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh for the approval which was accorded to Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy on 13 February, 2015 with certain guidelines, in line with the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy – 2014 issued by Government of India. The guideline is significant since the state government has tried to set a policy dealing with the rehabilitation and welfare of Tibetan refugees living in the state.

On the issue of Land Lease to CTRC: Kalon informed that the amount for the land to be leased to CTRC in accordance with the terms and conditions may please be reduced to 2% (minimum lease amount) considering that the institutions/monasteries/organisations in the list are nonprofit and charitable organisations.

Kalon Dolma Gyari also requested for the speedy start to the remaining road construction works required in Gangkyi to Mcleod Ganj.

The Minister assured that the state government will do whatever possible and promised that they would not remove encroachments made by Tibetans in the state; also explained that the new policy will provide relaxation, as per the law, to the 218 families who have cases of encroachment on forest land pending against them.

He said the Tibetans who had been staying in Himachal for the past more than 50 years had become an integral part of the state culture. They are not refugees but an important part of the state of Himachal.

The Minister nodded that the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan exile community has made Dharamsala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists. Later, Kalon along with the Minister and his entourage visited Mcloed Ganj to personally inspect the area where the Tibetans facing the eviction notice are living, following which he visited Tsuglagkhang – His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s temple.

The Minister was accompanied by Shri Ravi Thakur, MLA and the Vice-Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.