As the agendas for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections takes shape, one agenda that is likely to be missing is wealth inequality i.e. land ownership. However, the issue remains as relevant as ever. Five percent of the farmers hold more than 32 percent of the farmland. As soon as India got independent, government started implementing land reforms all across the country. Though, the reforms succeeded in few states; failed in most of the states. Reforms have remained stagnant in recent times.
Acknowledging this failure, in 2009, the Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task of Land Reforms (CSLR), appointed by the Government of India, submitted an extensive analyzing the entire gamut of land reforms which was forwarded to PMO, the same year in September. Even after a decade of the revelation of the report by the Ministry of Rural Development (MORD), no progress has been made by the government. The National Council for Land Reforms was formed in 2008 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister but the commission is yet to meet even once since its constitution. The committee and the council were appointed as part of a “renewed focus on land reforms”.
A quick study of the report shows its inclination towards weaker groups of the society like women, landless, marginalized farmers, tribal population, and poor farmers among others. It also critiques the many legislations and executive decisions which were implemented during the reign of UPA itself.
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