The three villages — with a collective population of just over 3,000 — and the belt they belong to are known f...Read More
DEHRADUN: Recently the Nepalese cabinet endorsed a new political map showing Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas of Uttarakhand as part of its territory. According to the map, three villages of Gunji, Kuti and Nabi in Uttarakhand are shown as “integral parts of Nepal”. In Uttarakhand, though, these very villages are renowned for the string of bureaucrats they have produced.
The three villages – with a collective population of just over 3,000 – have produced around half a dozen IPS and IAS officers and as many PPS and PCS officers. These include
, a 1997-batch IPS officer who is presently IG Kumbh Mela. Besides, IAS officer Vinod Gunjyal, who is posted in
, and 2011 batch IPS officer Hemant Kutiyal, posted in Uttar Pradesh, also belong to this region.
Among the other officers hailing from the area are Vimla Gunjyal, a 2004-batch State Police Services (SPS) officer, who has been promoted to IPS rank and is presently DIG Intelligence in Uttarakhand Police. Similarly, another SPS officer, Dhirendra Singh Gunjyal, also hails from the area. He, too, has been promoted to the IPS in 2016.
Then, there is PCS official Ajay Singh Nabiyal who was promoted to the IAS and served as district magistrate of Chamoli, V-C of Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority and commissioner of Kumaon range. He hails from Nabi village.
Speaking to TOI about the area’s significance, Sanjay Gunjyal said, “Gunji is a prominent village and people from
have historically been coming to buy products in the mandi here. Gunji is the last village on Kailash Mansarovar yatra route and people of this village are totally devoted to the country. SSB and ITBP have company headquarters at Gunji and an Army establishment is also there.”
Retired IAS officer, D S Ghabriyal, who is from Pithoragarh’s Garbhyang village, added, “The entire belt comprising villages like Napalchu, Garbhyang, Nabi, Kuti and Gunji have given a number of IAS, IPS and IFS officers to the country. The belt is known for high educational standards.” He added that “the issue of any border dispute never arose in the last 30 or 40 years and it is highly unfortunate and misleading that Nepal is now showing these three villages as it’s territory.”