By Somsack Pongkhao
Vientiane, March 23, 2018
Inspection authorities are concerned about State land that has been unlawfully sold by some district and village authorities over the past decades.
The loss of State-owned land will make it difficult for the government to develop mega projects, including infrastructure and public spaces, since many of the plots that have been sold have either been occupied or taken over by individuals and entrepreneurs.
Without having State land to use, the government will need to spend more in the future to compensate people who have to move in order to free up land for development projects in inhabited areas.
The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Committee revealed the extent of the loss of State land at its annual meeting in Vientiane last week, and pledged to retrieve this land for the State.
According to the Inspection Committee’s report, more than 670 hectares of community land and land belonging to temples was illegally sold by district and village authorities in 2017, resulting in the loss of 12 billion kip.
Under the Land Law, district and village authorities do not have the right to sell State land because it is the property of the nation and people.