Government to distribute state land for the landless

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The government plans to allocate about 195,000 rai of state land in 47 provinces for landless poor so they will have a land plot to build a living quarter and to make a living.

Government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said today that the government intends to narrow the gap of social disparity by distributing land plots in degraded forest, public land, land for land reform project to the landless poor.

The land plots are scattered in 47 provinces, including eight in the North, nine in central region, 15 in the Northeast, four in the western region, three in the eastern part and eight in the South.

Maj-Gen Sansern the land recipients will not have ownership rights to the land plots being allocated but can make use of the plots to build a house and to make a living. Also, the land plots will be collectively managed by cooperatives to prevent them from changing hands to unauthorized persons.

More land will be made available to the landless people in the next stage and altogether over 43,000 families will receive land.

The spokesman said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha had instructed the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Ministry to speed up the issuance of land rights certificates for the landless.