The Unfinished Agenda with the Government on Land Issue in India

Tuesday, 9th August 2016

EktaParishad, a non-violent, people’s movement that works for the land, water and forest rights of the marginalized communities in India is now having several actions to proceed the movement on ensuring Homestead land rights to crores of homeless families through the ‘National Homestead Land Rights Act’. The majority of homeless would have got right to land through this Act. 

In July 2013, Rural Development Ministry of the GoI accepted the National Homestead Land RightsBill 2013 but it was not presented before the Parliament, however no action taken by the government in last one year demonstrates that Government is not committed for the land rights of the homeless.Hence, in order to raise these issues with the Government, EktaParishad and its partner organizations organized Parliament of the Landless during 14-15 March, 2016 in New Delhi, involving 5000 representatives from the State. 

India Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi expressed his agreement to what have been raised by EktaParishad, which are:

  • Implementing National Homestead Land Rights Act should allocate 10 decimal (4400 square feet) land to the elder woman member of the family,
  • Initiate land distribution, development of common property resources, productive use of wasteland, and agriculture related activities for the landless to be implemented on the National Land Reform Policy. A committee should be instituted at the level of the Tribal Welfare
  • Ministry of the GoI so that individual and community rights under the act can be realized.
  • Monitoring on effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act.
  • Accelerate the courts process in order to resolve time taking land conflicts.
  • Government must institute a National land Reform Council and a National Land Reform Committee, and establish A Peace Ministry to engage youth in peace building activities in conflict areas. 

ShriArvindKejriwal the Chief Minister proposed that EktaParishad and other associated organisations should prepare and present a Land Reform Policy for Delhi.

EktaParishad, a non-violent, people’s movement that works for the land, water and forest rights of the marginalized communities in India is now having several actions to proceed the movement on ensuring Homestead land rights to crores of homeless families through the ‘National Homestead Land Rights Act’. The majority of homeless would have got right to land through this Act.

In July 2013, Rural Development Ministry of the GoI accepted the National Homestead Land RightsBill 2013 but it was not presented before the Parliament, however no action taken by the government in last one year demonstrates that Government is not committed for the land rights of the homeless.

Hence, in order to raise these issues with the Government, EktaParishad and its partner organizations organized Parliament of the Landless during 14-15 March, 2016 in New Delhi, involving 5000 representatives from the State. 

India Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi expressed his agreement to what have been raised by EktaParishad, which are:

1. Implementing National Homestead Land Rights Act should allocate 10 decimal (4400 square feet) land to the elder woman member of the family,
2. Initiate land distribution, development of common property resources, productive use of wasteland, and agriculture related activities for the landless to be implemented on the National Land Reform Policy. 3. A committee should be instituted at the level of the Tribal Welfare Ministry of the GoI so that individual and community rights under the act can be realized.
4. Monitoring on effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act.
5. Accelerate the courts process in order to resolve time taking land conflicts.
6. Government must institute a National land Reform Council and a National Land Reform Committee, and establish A Peace Ministry to engage youth in peace building activities in conflict areas. 

ShriArvindKejriwal the Chief Minister proposed that EktaParishad and other associated organisations should prepare and present a Land Reform Policy for Delhi.

President of EktaParishad, Shri Rajagopal is optimistic with what have been agreed by the Government of India, that in next one year actions will be taken for land reforms. He further saying that if the assurances are not met, then people of the Jai Jagat movement are ready for final struggle in 2018.