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Tibet-HP-CM-2013Dharamshala: - Kalon Ms. Dolma Gyari of the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration called upon Shri Virbhadra Singh, honourable chief minister of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla on 1 October 2013.

Home Kalon apprised the chief minister about the eviction notices issued by the Forest Department to Tibetan refugees living in the peripheral areas of Mcleod Ganj and the difficulties faced by roadside Tibetan vendors in pursuing a livelihood. There are about 210 Tibetan families living on the peripherals of TIPA and Bhagsunag road.

According to the Tibetan administration, Dolma was accompanied by Mr. Tsering Dorjee, Joint Secretary, Home Department and Mr. Sonam Dorjee, the Tibetan Welfare Officer, Dharamshala.

Kalon Dolma Gyari 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.

Local Indian civic organizations like the Mcleodganj Vyapar Mandal, Bhagsu Taxi Operators, The Hotel and Restaurant Association, Autorickshaw Union, Trekking & Mountaineering Association, and Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association have submitted representation to the chief minister appealing the government to address the problem of Tibetans living in Dharamshala sympathetically.

Kalon Dolma Gyari also informed the chief minister that currently Tibetan roadside vendors have been denied by the district authority to open shops and requested him to allow Tibetans to carry out their livelihood pursuits.

The chief minister has assured that he would ask for a report from the Deputy Commissioner and explore a way to resolve the issues related to Tibetan settlers and vendors.

Home Kalon Dolma Gyari also paid courtesy calls to Shri T.G. Negi , Advisor to the Hon. chief minister, Shri Subash C.Negi , Commissioner of HP State Electricity Commission, Shri. P.M. Negi, Deputy Attorney General to the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and Smt. Rani PratibhaSingh Ji, Hon. Member of Parliament and Shri Brij Behari Lal Butail, Speaker of Vidhan Sabha.

She also had a meeting with Shri Sudripta Roy, Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh and Shri V.C.Pharka, Principal Secretary in connection with official business of the department.

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