That’s the number, if you didn’t know earlier, of ropanis of land king Gyanendra owns in Nepal making him, most probably, the biggest landlord of the country. And the most interesting thing is that our government still pays him monthly salary. The paradox is that the parliament, on the one hand rightly thinks that the king is not of use to the country but on the other hand approves budget allocated by the government. Question of the moment is, why are you paying the king, RICH king, the money that he doesn’t deserve? 30,000 ropanis of land? God, why would anyone need that much land? Will this ‘all powerful and sovereign’ parliament declare that land state property and use that for the national interest? What will this government do? Or this government of Girija Prasad Koirala and KP Oli wait for the election of Constituent Assembly for this too? People are curious to know.
By the way, here is more from the Kathmandu Post about those stunning numbers if you haven’t read the news yet:
King owns 30,000 ropanis of land
KATHMANDU, Aug 4 – King Gyanendra owns over 30 thousand ropanis of land in different parts of the country, and other members of the royal family have an additional 4,000 ropanis, according to a preliminary report presented to a parliamentary committee by the minister for land reforms and management.
According to the report, King Gyanendra possesses eight big chunks of land in different parts of the country, that aggregate to 30,043 ropanis. Similarly, Queen Komal has 71 ropanis in Bhaktapur and about 51.7 ropanis in Kathmandu.
The Ministry for Land Reforms and Management presented details of the lands owned by the king and the royal family at the meeting of parliament’s Natural Resources and Means Committee Friday. The report said King Gyanendra owns Nagarjun jungle (15,101 ropanis), Gorkha Durbar (452 ropanis), 143 ropanis in Bhaktapur, Chabhil Nikunja (338 ropanis), the Narayanihiti Royal Palace (8,940 ropanis) and a house built on a 23,000 sq. m area. Besides, the king has 5,009 ropanis of land in Kathmandu, 34 ropanis at Latikoili in Surkhet district and a bangalo built on about 2 bighas of land.
Likewise, around 2,791 ropanis of land in Chabahil, Kathmandu has been found registered in the name of the late King Birendra. Similarly, Princess Prerana has 11 ropanis of land in Lalitpur, Princess Prekshya has about three ropanis in Kathmandu and Princess Sitashma owns three anna in Kathmandu. Similarly, the queen mother owns 68 ropanis of land in Kathmandu, and one royal family member identified only as Maahila Maharani has 3 ropanis, while about 23 ropanis is in the name of Princess Shova.
Minister for Land Reforms and Management Prabhu Narayan Chaudhari told the committee that many records of lands registered in the name of the palace are messy as no one could inquire about royal property in the past. However, the committee was not satisfied with the report furnished by the ministry. It has directed the government to furnish complete details at its next meeting on August 14.
Chairman of the committee Prakash Jwala told the Post that the committee has directed the government to furnish details on tea gardens owned by the king and the queen and other lands jointly owned by them. Similarly, the committee has sought that the government furnish details of lands registered in the name of the late King Birendra and his family. Meanwhile, the committee has also sought the facts on reports about the selling of Narayanhiti Royal Palace. According to the reports, the government has paid the royal family a huge sum for the palace, and provided it to the king as his official residence.