Himachal raises domicile period from 15 to 20 yrs for non-Himachalis


Facing widespread protests against relaxing the duration of stay for non-Himachalis to qualify for obtaining bonfide domicile certificate, a necessary condition for buying land in the state, the Himachal Pradesh government today raised the bar from 15 years to 20 years.


A meeting of the state cabinet took the decision to revise the period of stay from 15 to 20 years for a non-Himachali to qualify for obtaining bonafide domicile certificate as per HP Tenancy and Land Reform Act, 1972.


The cabinet took note of the "wrong propaganda"being carried by some "vested interests" and revised the period of stay, an official release said here.


Opposition Congress had been protesting the state government's earlier decision to relax the period of stay to 15 years saying it would harm the interest of the local population.


In other major decisions, the state cabinet today decided to procure apple at the rate of Rs 5.25 per kg from August one to October 31 this year.


It decided to launch a new scheme with private participation aimed at increasing the green cover in the state by distributing about four lakh free plants to land owners for carrying plantation over their private land during the current financial year.


July 28, 2009 PTI