Govt to ban sale of land belonging to I/NGOs for now

Published On: May 15, 2019 07:15 AM NPT By: Matrika Dahal

KATHMANDU, May 15: The government plans to ban the sale of land belonging to national and international NGOs, consumer committees and private and community organizations until the bodies that have been probing various land scams complete their investigations.

Officials at the home ministry said that they took the decision suspecting that land brokers who have captured government land in various ways may illegally sell or transfer such properties to sundry individuals or organizations to avoid action by the government.

“It is suspected that government land worth billions has been captured by various private parties or other organizations in collusion with government employees and land brokers,” said a source at the home ministry. “Therefore, the chief district officers will soon get directions to bar NGOs/INGOs and other organizations from selling fixed assets that are now under institutional ownership until the various investigation bodies complete their probes into the capture of public property.”

The source said that the ministry had planned to issue a circular to all district administrations but couldn’t do so due to a technical reason. An official privy to the matter said the instructions will go out to all 77 district administrations on Wednesday and they will be asked to initiate searches and protect public property.

Once this decision comes into effect, land belonging to NGOs/INGOs and other organizations cannot be sold.

Acting Home Ministry Secretary Ram Krishna Subedi said those involved in capturing government, public or guthi [trust] land will be brought to book.

“We will implement this strictly because it is our duty to protect public property,” said Subedi.

According to officials, transactions in such land will be prohibited until the CIAA and the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police come up with their findings and reports on the matter.

A few weeks ago, a cabinet meeting formed a five-member commission to investigate and suggest action against those involved in grabbing government and public land across the country. The CIAA and CIB have also been investigating dubious transfers of land at Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar.

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