60 tillers of Rasuwa get landownership, thanks to Austrian trekker


7th Jun, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew


RASUWA, June 7: Happiness of 60 families of Parbatikunda rural municipality-1 and 2 in Rasuwa knew no bounds when they received landownership certificates on Sunday.

This happened, thanks to an Austrian national who helped them with monetary support for the purpose.

They had been denied landownership certificates for want of money enough for the process to this effect.

The land they have been tilling for years was registered in the name of a Guthi (religious trust) at then Hak VDC. According to the constitution, any land that has been tilled for a certain period will be transferred to the tiller after meeting certain set criteria.

As a result of their deprivation of the certificates, they had to undergo various problems like instances in which they failed to get housing grant given to the victims of the earthquake of April 25, 2015 and sell or mortgage the land for bank loans.

However, their long aspirations to get the certificates were fulfilled after the Austrian national who is associated with an Austrian non-governmental organisation, Step Zero Point One, came to their rescue.

The Austrian national happened to know about their plights when he visited the village recently and promised to offer the monetary help after returning to his home country.

The organisation sent money enough for the purpose though local Himalayan Peace Education Foundation, Nepal.

Out of the total 304 families who had been deprived of landownership certificates, Rs 7,000 was distributed to each of 60 tillers for the purpose.

The remaining tillers will be provided with land ownership certificates soon as the process in this regard was going on, said Ganesh Shrestha, Chief of the District Land Revenue Office.