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Guthi bill protest intensifying

Kathmandu, 16 June: Protest against the controversial Guthi (Trust) Bill is intensifying in various parts of the Kathmandu Valley as more and more people are joining the protest against it.

According to media reports, Guthi operators in Kathmandu said that if the current Guthi Bill was enacted into law, it would allow the land mafia to capture guthi land and it would also adversely impact people’s culture, tradition, and religious practices.

Thousands of members of Jyapu Mahaguthi, the largest of all guthis in Kathmandu, which had maintained silence till date, joined the protest at Basantapur area on Saturday morning demanding withdrawal of the bill. Jyapu Mahaguthi comprises Newari farmers. Large numbers of Jyapus are still farmers and are still using guthi land for agriculture purposes.

However, Republica daily reports that government has hinted at revising the Guthi Bill registered at the National Assembly due to widespread protests by the supporters of the traditional Guthi culture, demanding the withdrawal of the proposed law from the parliament.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Nepali Congress too is organizing a protest rally from Basantapur this afternoon.

People’s News Monitoring Service

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