Authorities prioritise endangered communities for land distribution

- DURGALAL KC, Dang

Nov 15, 2014-

The Landless Squatters’ Problem Resolution Commission (LSPRC) has launched a drive to reach out to the endangered communities to rehabilitate them. The move was initiated after very few people from the endangered and landless communities like Kusunda and Raji submitted forms at the commission to acquire land, said Tikaram Khadka, district chairman of the commission. He stressed on the need to rehabilitate the communities living in forests.

Khadka said they brought Gyanimaiya Kusunda, 76, to Ghorai on Thursday and helped her fill out a form. “We did not care about possessing land earlier as our ancestors spent their lives in forests. Now we need land as we want to live in villages,” she said.

Keshar Bahadur Kusunda said they are finding it hard to live in villages as they do not own land. “The commission’s drive to provide us land has encouraged us,” he said. Bamshi Kumar Sharma, a member of the commission, said the number of Kusunda, Raji and Paltharkatiya families in the district is 14, 12 and one, respectively. He, however, said officials could not find some families in their homes.

Concerned authorities said some communities are on the verge of disappearance due to the lack of favourable environment. Dhan Bahadur Kusunda, chairman of the Kusunda Development Society, said some families from the community have started living in villages. He said many families are facing problems to acquire land as they lack citizenship certificates. Tikaram Ghimire, member-secretary of the commission and chief of the District Land Revenue Office, said they have prioritised endangered communities in distributing land.

Published: 16-11-2014 09:16

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