Statute, not land reforms, top priority, govt told

Kathmandu, December 16:

Political leaders from different parties today said the newly formed land commission would fail to carry out its job if there were no consensus among all political parties. They also alleged that government should concentrate on drafting constitution and peace process rather than forming such commissions.

Speaking at an interaction organised here, NC leader Prakash Sharan Mahat today said the government was not serious to establish peace in the country. He said, “The Maoists are just focusing on how to stay in power and stabilise their political base.”

He accused the government of imposing their decisions without consulting other political parties. Anil Jha, general secretary of the Sadbhawana Party said, “The government is concentrating on trivial issues rather than formulating constitution, which is the major job of the new government.”

Keshav Prasad Badal, coordinator of a commission formed to resolve land related problems in the past, said land reforms were vital. He said, “A quarter of the total population are deprived of land rights. The government should spend time to consult other political parties rather than pushing through decisions in a hurry.”

However, Haribol Gajurel, president of the land commission reiterated that the commission was formed in special circumstances to fulfil the demands of landless people.