January 16, 2014
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Dolma Gyari of the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration, left for New Delhi after the National Green Tribunal in Shimla set March 27, 2014 as the next hearing date for the case of alleged illegal occupation of forest land by 210 families in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.

Home Kalon Dolma Gyari will appeal the concerned authorities of the Indian government to repeal the case against the 210 families for encroaching on forest land.

The Shimla court in July, had ordered the state government to set up a committee to probe the charges against the Tibetan families.

The report submitted by the committee after their investigation, claimed that the Tibetan families have illegally encroached on forest land, cut trees and built houses. Tibetans in Mcleod ganj are also accused of carving rocks with religious inscriptions and tying flags on trees, causing serious destruction to the natural environment.

The Tribunal has directed the corcenred forest authorities to file a report citing how many demolitions are affected and how many orders of eviction have been passed between today and next date of hearing.

Home Kalon Dolma Gyari, earlier on 1 October, apprised Shri Virbhadra Singh, honourable chief minister of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla about the eviction notices faced by the Tibetan families. She informed the chief minister that these Tibetans will have no place to live if their homes are demolished. She made it clear that Tibetans harbour no intent whatsoever to claim the ownership of the area as they would vacate the area the day Tibet issue is resolved and all Tibetans are able to return to Tibet. (see Tibet.net report)

The chief minister has assured, at that time, that he will explore a way to resolve the issues related to Tibetan settlers and vendors. A joint appeal by various local Indian associations was also made to the Deputy Commissioner against the proposed demolition drive in September last year.

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