KAMPOT, March 30: (Khmer Times)- The Governor of Kampot, Mr. Khoy Khunhour took to tasks village, commune and district level chiefs for incompetence in the land titling exercised carried out for the past one over year.
He said that when villagers requested for confirmation of the “land” parcels, the village, commune and district chiefs did not do enough to verify these requests or claims and just signed off on these requests or claims.
“I have come across cases where one parcel was given to six different individuals and this incompetency makes the Government look bad, makes the people angry with the government as once signed, it is difficult to reverse the process,” he said.
He also said villagers were also to be blamed as they abused the land titling exercise which followed the Student Volunteer group who were deployed to measure land occupied by villagers in Economic Land Concessions.
He pointed out that villagers and their houses moved as they went or where ELC’s were allotted and grass root level chiefs did not do enough to verify or stop this, resulting in clashes with the ELC’s as to who has the right to occupy the said land.
Governor Khunhour said: “We need investors to develop our country and as such, we must cooperate with them when everything is legally done. Without investors, the Government alone cannot develop the country or create sufficient jobs for the people.
“Thus, please cooperate and work out solutions to problems rather than confront and agitate,” he stressed.
He said this when inaugurating a series of concrete bridges, culverts and laterite/dirt roads built by a private company at Decho Aphivat Commune, Chhuk district, Kampot province.
These bridges and road were sponsored by VGP (Cambodia) at a cost of over USD70,000.
The Governor said that in 2008, there were no roads, not many houses and just foot paths but today (28th March 2014), he pointed out that coming into the site of the bridge, he was amazed to see the pace of development and the company’s efforts to work with the authorities to develop the vicinity of the company’s oil palm plantation development project.
“When the company does social development work, we must appreciate their efforts and assist them in maintaining these infrastructure projects as it is the communities project and its existence benefits everybody, besides just creating employment opportunities.”
I have been told that the living standards of the people here had improved since 2011 which is a good indicator of the level of progress and development in this commune,”Mr. Khunhour said.
Mr. Paramjit Singh Gill, the chairman of VGP said that building the road and bridges is a part of the company’s responsibility to the commune and country.
“We wish to contribute to the development of the people in this commune.” He added that we will continue to cooperate with the government and authorities and keep developing our plantation and commune in which we are located,” he said.