June 19: Thousands of people gathered at Maitighar Mandala on Wednesday afternoon to protest against the ill-intention of the government reflected in the controversial Guthi Bill although the government withdrew the bill on the eve of the protest.
The government on Tuesday withdrew the controversial Guthi Bill after severe criticisms from all quarters of society. Even the leaders of the ruling party were against the bill which proposed forming an authority to look after the Guthi land which have been utilized by the locals for centuries.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli announced at a press meet held at the prime minister’s residence in Baluwater on June 18 that the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation has withdrawn the Guthi Bill from Parliament.
Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal informed media that her ministry decided to withdraw the bill as it created confusion among the public. She added that the government decided to withdrawn the bill realizing the need for further discussion with the stakeholders.
During the press meet, PM Oli accused that rumors were spread to create confusion while he was away for a week-long visit to Europe. He said that the government intended to re-organize and manage the Guthi trusts in a proper way through the bill.
Minister Padma Kumari Aryal had presented the bill to the National Assembly on May 20.