Chairperson of the Commission on Landless Squatters, Devi Prasad Gyawali, has announced that all landless people will get the land in one-and-a-half years.

"Agreement has been reached with all 753 local levels to solve the problems of landless people," he said, adding that the commission was working actively to ensure land to all landless households within the timeframe.

Gyawali said this at a programme organised by the district chapter of the Commission in Phidim today.

It will take more than a year to accomplish the task because the number of people in unmanaged settlements was more than those without their own land.

He said that although the Commission had estimated a total of 1,300,000 landless and unmanaged dwellers combined, it later rose to some 2.1 million.

"Among the total occupied land, 25 per cent was not registered, thereby causing loss to the state," he said.

"This has further deprived land users of their right to land ownership," he added.

Similarly, Commission member Gopal Guragain pointed out the need for all sectors to extend cooperation to the local and district committees to solve the problems facing the landless people.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 29, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.