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Maoists, monarchists merging soon says Nepali Land Reform Minister

Source: The Rising Nepal


Hetauda, Aug. 15 – Minister for Land Reform and Management, Dambar Bahadur Shrestha said the UCPN-Maoists and monarchists were merging soon.

Distributing land ownership certificates to the landless people at Hatiya here today, Minister Shrestha said this reasoning that Maoists were hobnobbing with the monarchists.

He accused the Maoists of being inactive and helpless as the government till date was not formed though they claimed to form national consensus government within 24 hours of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s resignation.

As the governments led by the Maoist and CPN-UML were already failures, alternative to this should be sought, he stressed.

Some sections of higher rank in the society are taking advantage in the name of landless people, he said, claiming that real landless people would get lands in his tenure.

As many as 62 landless people were provided land ownership certificates at the programme organized by Makwanpur Chapter of Landless Dwellers’ Problems Solution Commission.

Nepali gov’t prepares new land policy

Source: XINHUA, 2010-06-08 10:59

(emailed by Anil Singh of Ekta Parishad)

The Nepali government, for the first time, has prepared a land policy with a view to boosting agricultural production and stopping arbitrary fragmentation of fertile land across the country.

According to Tuesday’s The Kathmandu Post, “Land Use Policy 2010” comes after widespread concern that encroachment of agricultural land by haphazard residential projects has increased the risk of food crisis in Nepal.

Till now, Nepal does not have any clear-cut and specific policy on the preservation of fertile land for agriculture production.

The Ministry of Land Reforms and Management, in coordination with National Planning Commission and other ministries, has prepared the policy.

Land Reforms Minister Dambar Shrestha was quoted by the daily as saying, “We will publicize it soon for public discussion before finalizing it.” The policy comes into effect after the cabinet approves it.

The new policy has been prepared keeping in mind how land will be used and managed in the federal structure – mainly setting criteria on how the central government and federal states divide power on the issues related to land use.

The new policy envisages solving all land-related problems within 15 years through scientific land reform.
Land will be allocated or categorized for agriculture, forest, residential area, urban development, industrial area and other sectors and no one will be allowed to deal in land allocated for agriculture, reads the policy.