A one-man commission headed by the Justice DP Sood, appointed by the state to look into illegal land transactions, has questioned the government policy on allowing them to acquire properties individually.

Justice DP Sood, a former judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, in his report tabled in the assembly on Thursday questioned has raised a serious question in front of the Govt “as to till what time the Tibetan refugees are to be resettled/rehabilitated”.

The commission’s observation came while passing an order in case of a property acquired by a Tibetan refugee in Shimla town. In the report, he said “till date, no sign of their return to their homeland is viable.”

Justice Sood’s report adds that the Family Planning Act is not applicable to the Tibetan refugees and their population is increasing day by day. And hence, the question of resettlement/rehabilitation of the refugees shall crop up every year.

The report advocates that in the current circumstances, sound policy guidelines in relation to the resettlement/rehabilitation of such refugees is needed to be framed not only by the state legislature but also by the Government of India. Otherwise, the report says, an ordinary citizen would conclude that the state has and is itself indulged/indulging in transgressing the provision of the law.

The report also includes a list of 80 cases against Tibetans for acquiring land in other people’s name, located across the state, mainly in Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile.


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