CIAA urges govt to take over land beyond ceiling

KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) said it had directed the government to take over the land beyond the fixed ceiling from individual owners.

A statement issued by the anti-corruption body on Friday informed that an investigation committee formed by the Commission around three and half months ago found that as much as 5,223 bigaha land in Tarai and 6,265 ropani land in hills beyond the ceiling fixed by the Nepal Land Reform Act 1964 was currently under the control of various individuals.

A CIAA meeting held on Wednesday had deiced to write to the Ministry of Land Reform and Management urging the government to gain control over the land, the statement informed.

Meanwhile, the Commission also urged the government to immediately implement the recommendations made by the Ram Bahadur Rawal-led high level commission on government and public land conservation formed in 1995/96.

The report had pointed out the as much as 1,800 ropani land in Kathmandu Metropolitan City was encroached then.

The directives were made corresponding to the Section 28 of the CIAA Act, 1991, the statement said.

The Commission also informed that its investigation committee now has been directed to look into if government and public lands are being encroached in the Valley, especially on the banks of Bagmati, Bishnumati, Dhobikhola and Manohara rivers.