Agreement on Land Conflict;Jhapa

Agreement on Land Conflict;Jhapa

Agreement on Land Conflict;Jhapa Published date: March 31, 2015

A joint meeting was organized at Bahundangi-5, Jhapa on March 31, 2015 to pass the common alternatives in the land use conflict between Janata Secondary School and farmers. The joint meeting was held in the chairmanship of Bed Prakash Bhandari, Chairman of School Management committee; Chief Guest in the program was Honorary Constituent Assembly Member Mr. Narendra Bikram Nemwang; other guests in the program were the representatives from various political parties like CPN/UML, CPN/Maoist, UCPN/Maiost, Nepali Congress, Rastriya Prajatantrik Party etc. representatives from NRCTC-N, FECOFUN, NFIWUAAN etc. Hundreds of local people and reporters were also present at the joint meeting. The guests in the program spoke positively about the impact of conflict transformation process and expressed their commitment in supporting the implementation of the agreement. The alternatives passed through this joint meeting are as follows:

  1. Both parties should come together for the implementation of agreement; they should go hand in hand from district to the central government for it.
  2. The school will not raise any issue regarding the lease until the agreement is under process or is undecided for acceptance or rejection. If the agreement process is complemented then the decision on this issue will be taken by the meeting of the management committee and the guardians.
  3. From 2071/12/13 onwards, the revenue from timber sale will be divided as 51% for farmers and 49% for the school amending the prior provision of equal proportion; the contractor should pay extra 10% to farmers in addition to tender. Both parties will conserve the trees, soil, stone and other natural resources of the land in the name of school. In case any party wants to use the natural resources on that land, the decision will be taken through the discussion of both parties.
  4. Before this agreement is approved, based on the rate of land mentioned in point 7 of this agreement, the farmers should deposit 10% of the amount to the school within 2072/03/15. The school will provide a deposit voucher to each of the farmers and keep a copy of it.
  5. A joint committee of 7 members will be formed to take the agreement to various authorities, to clarify about the proposal if asked and to share the outcome of such meetings to their respective parties. The committee will have following members:
    1. Chairperson of Management committee
    2. Chairperson of PTA
    3. Dilliram Dahal
    4. Somnath Dahal
    5. Chandra Gole
    6. Pushpa Guragain
    7. School Principal Vijaya Prasad Dev
    8. If the government of Nepal addresses the issue of farmers or School by formulating new law or if the government decides to give the land to farmers or if the government assumes the ownership of the land, surveys the land and provides the land to farmers in a certain rate or make some other provisions, then both school and farmers should accept it and support it.
    9. If the land in the name of the school is to be bought by the farmers then they have to buy all the land that they have been using in the rate provisioned by the government. All the land being used by farmers is not of same quality, so based on the quality of land discounts will be provided as follows:
      1. Marginal land        30%
      2. Very low productive land                         30%
      3. Low productive land        25%
      4. Farmers that have been using that land    20%
      5. Other farmers        no discount