To date, more than 480,000 impoverished families have been granted social land concessions by the government on more than 1.3 million hectares, Ministry of Land Management spokesman Seng Lot said yesterday.
In a press conference held at the Council of Ministers, Mr Lot said since 2003, the government has implemented social land concession programmes for landless and land-poor families, including families of soldiers and police officers stationed along the border and families of retired officers who have lost the ability to work, have suffered from permanent disabilities or died in the line of duty.
The concessions, said Mr Lot, serve to reduce poverty as well as encourage economic and social development at the border areas.
“For some families, we provided land on which to build their own houses. While for other families, we offered both land and houses, especially for families of retired officers and officers stationed at the border as an incentive for fulfilling their duty of maintaining national security,” he said.
Sath Neb, a resident of Preah Vihear province, said she, along with nearly 200 impoverished families, received social land concessions from the government in May last year.
The land concessions, she said, gave them space on which to establish their own residences and generate income through agriculture.
“I am grateful that I have land and shelter. I hope the government continues to develop infrastructure, roads and the irrigation system in the concession area to provide us with better living conditions,” said Ms Neb.
Furthering on their achievements last year, Mr Lot said the ministry has received a total of more than 12,000 land dispute cases as of 2019. Of these, more than 10,000 were resolved while investigation for the remaining cases are being expedited and expected to be resolved by 2021.
Lor Davuth, director-general of the ministry’s General Department of Land, said a majority of the remaining 2,000 land dispute cases were cited in Preah Sihanouk and Banteay Meanchey provinces.