Ombudsman addresses land rights dispute in Phitsanulok

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Phitsanulok – The Ombudsman-General, Gen. Wittawat Ratchatanan, has visited Chat Trakan district in Phitsanulok province to address land rights conflicts that have developed over the last 10 years.

In 1995, a total of 360 rai of land was allocated to members of the War Veterans Organization of Thailand for agricultural use. However, authorities later found out that approximately 200 rai of the land encroached on a protected forest area.

Gen. Wittawat said later that the dispute can be settled through expanding the Sor Por Kor land for agricultural use. If certain areas are not then used for agriculture, the rights to use it would be revoked. He said the issue will be submitted to the cabinet for consideration.