Minority Commission concerned over encroachments on cemeteries



Shimla: While the Himachal Pradesh government has for long been trying to promote old cemeteries from the pre-independence time as tourist places, the National Minority Commission on Thursday warned the government to prevent encroachments on these cemeteries. To protect rights of the minorities, the Commission also asked the government to set up a state commission for effective implementation of the 15-point national program for minorities.

Commission members Spalzes Angma and HS Hanspal, after holding a meeting with the state government, said Christian community from the state had approached them about encroachments on cemeteries. The members also expressed concerns about management of WAKF Board and teaching of Punjabi, Urdu and Bhoti languages in the state. While the WAKF Board is without a chairman, they said, there were not enough teachers for these languages. They seeking implementation of the three language formula in school curriculum.

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