Nepal: Reactionary parties oppose Maoist land legalizations
Posted by redpines on January 21, 2012
According to the following article, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist) are legalizing land transactions that occurred during the People’s War period (1996-2006). It seems likely that many of these transactions involved the distribution or confiscation of land held by wealthy peasants. Nepal’s bourgeois parties seem bitterly opposed to this process, uniting to call the decision ‘autocratic’. The article originally appeared at myrepublica.
Maoists set to leaglise 5‚000 war time transactions
January 19, 2012
The “People’s Government” formed by Maoists during the decade-long insurgency had certified some 5,000 land transactions in the Salyan district alone, and the incumbent Maoist-led government is all set to implement it legally.
The all-party mechanism coordinated by Maoist Secretary Tikaram Oli had sent the records approved by the Maoist People’s Government in the district to the Land Reform Ministry through the District Land Revenue Office one year ago.
“We had passed the lands to give relief to the people during people’s war. We are waiting for the implementation of the government decision to recognize them”, Oli said.
As per the government’s decision, District Land Revenue offices have to endorse any land transaction or division of property in a family if it was certified by Maoists’ so-called People’s Government.
Although scores of locals have taken land ownership certificates from the Land Revenue Office with the end of Maoist insurgency, the Maoist, however, said less than 30 percent have taken them.
“They have been given the land ownership certificate and we too have the xerox,” he said.
At a time when opposition parties have been demanding government to pull out the decision to legalize war time transactions, Oli warned if the legal recognition of the deal is not implemented, the farmers will rebel.
Most of war time transactions were conducted in Bafukhola, Shivarath and Bame VDCs as they were Maoist base areas during the conflict.