Sixth conference of National Land Rights Forum commences

Published On: December 3, 2023 10:54 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: The sixth conference of the National Land Rights Forum has commenced, marking the beginning of discussions on crucial land-related issues in Nepal. The opening ceremony, held at Narayani Kalamandir in Narayanghat, Chitwan, on December 2, was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha.

Before the opening ceremony, a procession featuring agricultural implements, banners, and placards took place, originating from Gaindakot and Pokhara bus parks. Representatives and observers of the conference used this occasion to reflect on the promises made by the state administration and political party leadership regarding land reform.

During the opening session, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Shrestha stressed the importance of land reform for the well-being of the poor, farmers, and the landless. He highlighted the government's efforts to address the land problem through the National Land Commission, urging the National Land Rights Forum to collaborate in this endeavor.

Saraswati Subba, a member of the House of Representatives and the current chairperson of the National Land Rights Forum, emphasized the need for a visible movement to address the concerns of the landless. She expressed dissatisfaction with the current commission's inability to meet the expectations of the landless and called for unbiased distribution of land.

CPN-UML Politburo Member Shanta Chaudhary remarked on the recurring formation and collapse of the commission with each change in government, leading to increased suffering for landless squatters. Chaudhary urged the government to proactively work towards resolving the issue of landlessness.

During the program, Nahendra Khadka, vice chairman of the National Land Commission, highlighted the commission's focused efforts to address the problems faced by the landless, squatters, and unorganized residents. He mentioned ongoing amendments to conflicting points in the Forest Act and the Land Act after consulting with the Prime Minister.

Chairman of the National Land Commission, Keshav Niraula, said that the Prime Minister has expressed interest in reducing taxes for the landless and unorganized residents following complaints about increased amounts. Niraula emphasized resolving landlessness through collaborative efforts between the commission and the forum.

The conference saw the participation of 350 delegates and 50 observers from across the country, with more than 1000 attendees in the opening session. The closed session of the conference, scheduled for today, will involve the election of new leadership.


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