National Land Rights Forum Nepal 6th National Assembly, Oct 29-30, 2017


2. National Land Rights Forum Nepal, 6th National Assembly (October 29-30, 2017)  National Land Rights Forum Nepal sucessfully organized its 6th National Assembly in Bhumi Adhyayan Ghar, Thimura, Chitwan from October 29-30, 2017. There were a total of 143 participants in the assembly (41 Dalit, 56 janjati, 45 others and 1 Muslim, 82 Male and 81 female). The major objectives of the program were to approve the Annual Progress Report of the year 2073/2074, to approve the financial audit report of the year 2074/2074, to approve the annual work plan for the year 2074/2075, to approve the 3rd amendment to the National Land Rights Forum Nepal Statute, 2065 and to discuss on the appointment of the new auditor for the year 2074/075. The program successfully accomplished the objective of approving the Annual Progress Report of the year 2073/2074, to approve the financial audit report of the year 2073/2074, to approve the annual work plan for the year 2074/2075, to approve the 3rd amendment to the National Land Rights Forum Nepal Statute through participatory discussion. Similarly, NLRF's Fulltime Workers' Guideline was also successfully approved. Additionally, there was training session by CSRC Executive Director Jagat Bahadur Deuja. The training comprised of 3 main components: 1. Contemporary developments related to land issues : -The Settlement Commission is still passive even after 9 months of formulation having had NRs. 70 Crore budget allocated. The officials have purchased expensive cars with the allocated budget but have not taken any action towards land related issues.   -Political Nexus is preparing to privatize the land ownership in the name of land reform and keep it away from the land-deprived people. -There is practice of paying the tenant farmer a very small amount of money instead of his lawful half share of any Tenancy Land. 2. Sharing of learnings from our work during our work in 2073/2074 -VLRFs and DLRFs need to be self-operated and independent -Land Right Forums that have clearer finances have been found to be stronger -All DLRF and VLRF members need to be active and not just be led by a handful of leaders -There are VLRFs and DLRFs that do not have a clearly divided repsonsibility -The tendency to learn and study the state laws and other legalities has slowed down in numerous organizations. This has led to ineffectiveness. - Code of conduct must be followed by all the LRFs -few strong and active leaders have yielded more results than a bigger number of passive and less knowledgeable leaders. 3. NLRFs future course of action -Land Right Forums need to be formulated in all 753 local level bodies of Nepal. -Prepare a concrete proposal on the possible collaboration between the respective local level body and then have a halfday or 1 day program between the two and decide on the best path for implementation. -In the near future, have a huge demonstration with 100000 people at the same time -have a participatory evaluation of each LRF, document it and present it in a meeting -NLRF needs to make a 10 year strategic plan and DLRFs need to make at least 3-5 years plan. -Formulate a Support Committee which may consist of Experts, Professors and other NGOs that work on the same issues -Formulate a mutual fund that can be used for anything and can be claimed by any DLRF. This is subject to conditions such as certain number of VLRFs must be formulated, certain amont of Movement Fund/Local Resource needs to be collected, certain number of active membership reach etc