People of Mohanpur, Shivaratnapur and Hausalpur bordering with India have been deprived of land ownership certificates for five decades, in Kailali.

The locals have been deprived of land ownership certificates due to negligence on the part of the state. More than 200 locals at Mohanpur, Hausalpur and Shivaratnapur of Kailari Rural Municipality in the district could not get the state facility. They complained that they were yet to get agriculture subsidy and other benefits provided by the government as the locals did not have their landownership certificates.

They added that they were like landless even though they had land.

Bishnu Chaudhary, a local of Kailari Rural Municipality, said that they had requested various government bodies to provide land ownership certificates time and again, but in vain.

The villagers could not get loan from different financial institutions for various purposes because they did not possess land ownership certificate.

Chaudhary said that the government bodies asked for land ownership certificates for agriculture loan.

"We cannot do anything without it," he said, adding that India might have encroached the land if there were no settlements.

The locals said Indian Border Security Force and forest keepers sometimes troubled them.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 26 2021, of The Himalayan Times.