The government said that it was seriously working to transfer land ownership to landless people by removing procedural, legal and technical shortcomings that had surfaced in the dissolved Land Related Problem-Solving Commission.

Minister of Home Affairs Balkrishna Khand said, "There were some procedural, legal and technical drawbacks in the commission formed by the erstwhile government. We want to improve the process of transferring land ownership to the landless squatters."

He further noted, "The government has taken the issue seriously so that those entitled to land are not left behind. The government wishes that the problem of landless squatters will be genuinely resolved".

Minister Khand pledged to address the concerns of citizens in a constitutional manner as the main law of the land has guaranteed these issues as fundamental rights of landless and Dalits. "We request all the stakeholders that no one should be impatient about resolving the problem related to landlessness. This issue should not be politicised."

The constitution itself has prepared a base for arranging land and shelter for landless and Dalit people as well as providing shelter to all the needy, he added. "We want to provide land ownership certificates to the landless at the proper time.

The government is committed to this," Khand said, adding that the government would also address the remaining issues related to land.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 8 2021, of The Himalayan Times.