Gandaki Province has collected statistics of over 100,000 landless squatters, landless Dalits, and unmanaged settlers.

The Commission Relating to Solution of Landless People informed at a programme in Pokhara that the data collection on landless people, squatters and those living in unmanaged settlements was completed in all 85 local levels of 11 districts in the province on time.

The government had formed the Commission to resolve the problems of landless people and ensure land for squatters.

It also has the responsibility of managing those living in unmanaged settlements.

Commission central member and Gandaki Province representative Yek Bahadur Rana informed that there were 7,904 landless Dalits, 12,658 landless squatters, and 77,069 unmanaged settlers.

The Commission also received 7,296 applications on the incomplete work related to landless dwellers. The applications are being investigated, Rana added.

The applications were collected by the related local levels after reaching agreement with all 85 local levels. If landless squatters are living in places that cannot be used for public purpose, they will be allowed to settle in the same place, according to Rana. However, in case of encroachment of public land, they will be shifted to other places.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 14 2021, of The Himalayan Times.