Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel has directed the concerned authorities to accelerate the work of distributing land ownership certificates to landless people.

During a meeting held today with the representatives of a commission formed to sort out the land issues, Minister Poudel said that distributing land ownership certificates to the landless people is among the most prioritised projects of the government. He also directed the commission to identify the genuine landless people and ensure other people do not take advantage of this facility.

"We commit that there won't be a lack of financial and human resources for this activity and hope the work will be taken forth without any kind of delay," he said.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of Landless Squatters' Problems Resolution Commission (LSPRC), Devi Prasad Gyawali informed that the commission is working 18 hours a day in coordination with the local governments.

According to the commission, an agreement has been reached with 401 local governments of 74 districts so far. Of them, the commission is currently collecting expense details of 14 local governments.

Presenting the progress achieved so far and the future plans of the commission at the ministry today, LSPRC Chairperson Gyawali said that they have targeted to reach an agreement with all the 753 local governments by February-end and will collect the details of at least 500,000 households till then.

The commission has targeted to distribute land ownership certificates to at least 50,000 households within mid-July.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 2, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.