Kathmandu . The Communist Party of Nepal (Revolutionary Maoist) submitted a nine-point memorandum to the government in favour of landless squatters. Party Chairman Mohan Baidhya met Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at his Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at Singha Durbar on August 15, 2016 and handed over the memo.
Party Chair Baidhya demanded that the squatters should not be shifted elsewhere without managing alternatives for them. He also demanded that the government should provide electricity and water as well as land ownership certificates to the squatters. Some demands of the memo include. “Provide free education for the children of genuine landless squatters,” “Distribute identity card to them,” “Guarantee the provision of employment opportunities for landless youths,” “Provide concession in medical facilities to them” among others.
In the meeting, Chairman Baidhya said that he wanted to see the problems of landless squatters solved during PM Dahal’s tenure.
The submission came after the government demolished houses of squatters at Krishnapur of Kanchanpur district; destroyed crops of the squatters cultivated in Saralahi and issued a notice to vacate the place occupied by them along Bishnumati River in Kathmandu.
In response, PM Dahal said that there hasn’t been any move against the squatters after he took charge of the government and assured that the squatters won’t be displaced without finding an alternative for them.