KATHMANDU: The Committee on the Distribution of Natural Resources, Financial Rights and Public Revenue on Friday approved a land reform proposal that would enable the state to own up the land for itself exceeding the limit set by it.

The proposal was put to a vote after its members representing different political parties failed to forge a unanimous stance on the provision. The proposal was finally passed by a majority of the vote, following a hot and lengthy debate over the issue.

Committee members representing the Nepali Congress and the Madhes-based parties argued for a provision of compensation to the owners of such land, whereas those representing the UCPN -Maoist appeared against and passed it with no provision of compensation.

The committee members from Madhes Janadhikar Forum and Madhesi People´s Rights Forum (Democratic) were absent in the meeting.