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Gyuto monastery land vested in government

Dharamsala, February 15
The 24-kanal land of Gyuto monastery, where the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee has been staying since 2000 when he came to Dharamsala, was vested in the name of government today. The tehsildar of the respective area effected the mutation in this regard.

Though Karmapa is staying in Gyuto monastery, it is owned by the Central Tibetan Administration, which is a wing of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The total area of the monastery is about 50 kanals. The mutation of 26 kanals was vested in government earlier.

Persistent queries over the issue by newsmen even peeved the Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal. He had been maintaining that vesting of property of Gyuto monastery was nothing unusual and was a routine actvity carried out by the revenue officials. He then asked the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, RS Gupta to clear air over the matter.

The DC said that the mutation effected today was just an upgradation of the revenue record by officials concerned. The land of Gyuto monastery has been declared as benami by various deputy commissioners through orders passed from 2002 to 2008.

As per policy brought about the state government in 2005, the Tibetan government-in-exile had also declared Gyuto, along with 72 other properties, as benami. Now that the land has been vested in government as per revenue records, the Tibetan government-in-exile can move proceedings to get it on lease by depositing 10 per cent of the market value of land. The land of Gyoto monastery was purchased in the name of Dili Ram who has expired and Prem Singh.

The counsel of Tibetans RS Rana, when contacted by The Tribune, said: “The mutations effected today are a blessing in disguise for us. I had been trying to get these mutations effected for the past many years. Now that the mutations have been effected, we can move a case for getting the land back on lease from government as per the policy adopted in 2005.”

He also admitted the Tibetan government-in-exile might find it difficult to deposit the 10 per cent of market value of land as declared in the 2005 policy adopted by the Himachal government.

We had recently got the 10 per cent market value of Norbulingka monastery, another benami establishment, assessed from competent authorities. It came to about Rs 80 lakh. For getting the monastery land on lease from the government, besides Rs 80 lakh the Tibetan government-in-exile would also have to deposit 2 per cent registration fee.

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