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Government in poll mode, now land for poor

Gearing up for 2014 general elections, the government has now planned to come out with a bill to provide land to the landless. The Homestead bill promises every landless and homeless poor family in rural areas a homestead of not less than 10 cents (0.1 acre or 4,356 sq ft), the bill is expected to be tabled in the winter session of the parliament.

‘ We are working on the bill and it is expected to be tabled in the winter session,’ said Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh. The Homestead Bill is part of the charter of demands made by the Ekta Parishad in Agra last year. According to the draft bill the right to a homestead has to be enforced within a specified time period, but not exceeding five years from the date of enactment of the law.

While the Homestead bill is expected in winter session, the government has planned to come out with Land reform policy ,which outlines creating a large pool of land so that every family’s right to land is fully honoured. Ramesh said the draft policy will be sent to states tomorrow for their consideration. He said state Revenue Ministers’ conference would be convened soon by the Centre to discuss the policy which will be sent to the Cabinet for approval once the Centre gets nod from the states.

The policy proceeds to suggest a just and equitable method of allotting land on a priority basis to the marginalized, especially marginalized women. Provisions in the policy are also made in such a way that common property resources supplement the needs of the poor and deprived.
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