Applications of 1.2 million landless people collected

Published On: August 22, 2022 01:25 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

CHITWAN, August 22: The applications of 1.2 million landless people have been collected so far by offices under the National Land Commission. The applications have been received from the landless Dalits, landless squatters and unsystematic settlers. 

The Commission’s office-bearers estimate the number of applications to reach around 1.5 million. Among the total applications collected so far, about 15 per cent are from the landless Dalits, 20 percent from landless squatters and 65 per cent are from the unsystematic settlers, the Commission Vice-chair Nahendra Khadka said. 

Six hundred thousand of the applications have been entered in the computer while work of entering 500,000 applications in the computer is being carried out daily. 

Khadka shared that 600,000 of the applicants have been provided with the relevant papers. Slips have been issued to those whose applications are yet to be entered in the computer. 

The Commission has signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with 530 local governments and forwarded its works. MoUs had already been signed with the rest of the local governments and the related works progressing before this.  

According to Khadka, the work of filling up the data collection form is ongoing at 240 local units since July 18. 

The process of distributing land ownership certificates has reached the final stage at 33 local units.

The Commission has made arrangements to provide 130 square feet to one bigha 10 kathas of land on the basis of urban and rural areas.  The area to be provided to them would be different on the basis of place. 

He said activities are underway to distribute land ownership certificates to 500,000 landless people in the current fiscal year. Land ownership certificates could be provided to the remaining applicants in the next fiscal year, added Khadka.

"Additional technology and resources are needed to conclude the task as per the target. Bharatpur Metropolitan City has been carrying out activities even after purchasing 'High Resolution Satellite Image' and handed over it to the Commission to complete the activities soon," said Khadka.

He further said land ownership certificates could be provided to the landless soon if other local governments like Bharatpur Metropolitan City give priority. Even senior citizens of 91 years have also filed applications at the Commission.



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