Landless settlers in Siraha will not be removed without alternative settlement: Minister
Minister for Land Reforms and Management, Bhim Prasad Gautam has expressed the commitment to not remove the landless settlers Musahar community from Churetol of Dhodana VDC-3, Siraha district without providing them with an alternative.
Minister Gautam made this commitment before the meeting on Wednesday of the Sub-committee formed under the Legislature-Parliament, Women, Children and Social Welfare Committee to study the problems of racial discrimination and untouchability, and recommend ways to resolve them, according to state-owned news agency RSS.
He had been summoned to the meeting to acquire information about the decision taken by the Government to remove the Musahar settlement in Siraha district.
The Ministry is planning to provide land along with ownership certificate to every landless settler family, after they have been identified as genuine landless, he said.
Likewise, Minister of State for Forest and Soil Conservation, Laxman Mahato said the Government is taken under control the forest area captured by the landlords in the name of landless settlers and added that proper alternative would be given to genuine landless settlers like the Musahars in Dhodana of Siraha.
On the occasion, Secretary at the Forest Ministry, Nabin Kumar Ghimire, Join-secretary at the Ministry of Land Reforms and Management, Tej Raj Pandey, Deputy Director General of Department of Forest, Yam Bahadur Thapa and Member-Secretary of Landless Settlers Problem Resolution Commission stressed on the need for a long-term solution to the problem of landless settlers.
Sub-committee Coordinator, Binod Pahadi and members Govinda Nepali, Lila Subba, Ami Lal Jhagadh, Asha Kumari Sardar, Shila Katila, Bimala Nepali and others stressed that the landless settlers should not be removed from their place of residence without providing them with an alternative. nepalnews.com