Returned rightfully?

On 7 March, BBS reported that: “The land occupied by the Paro Valley Area Development Project was finally handed over to the landowners today. It was handed over by the Agriculture Minister Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho to the Member of the Parliament from Lamgong-Wangchang constituency in Paro, Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk.”

The principle of returning the land to the public is right. The land was acquired by the government in 1990 and compensation paid to the farmers. But it was never put to its intended use. So though it’s been almost two decades, there is a strong case to return the land to the farmers.

But the way it was done was not right.

First, according to the Constitution and the Land Act, only His Majesty the King may grant government land.

Second, the land should have been handed over to the farmers or the gup or the thrizin … and not to the MP of the constituency, Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk.

Photo from BBS website


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  1. Woa! Where IS everyone?!

    OL, your readers must all be cityfolks. They don’t care about the farmers…

    Would they feel the same way in times of drought and famine? Given the climate change on our planet Earth, it is not whether, but when such calamities will hit us.

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