Friday, October 28, 2011

News Article: Land Reforms Council Meet Deferred by a Month

PTI | New Delhi | Oct 23, 2011
The first meeting of the National Council for Land Reforms, scheduled to be held this month-end, has been put off at least by a month till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh concludes his three foreign trips next month.

The meeting is expected to be held after Prime Minister comes back from his three foreign trips, a top Government official told PTI.

Singh's visit to France is slated between November 2 and 5 and to Maldives from November 9 to 12. He will also visit Indonesia and Singapore from November 18 to 20.

The Government had earlier told members of the National Land Reform Council that a meeting of the council will held this month-end to consider the Land Reform Policy in a bid to alleviate poverty and inequality.

The Government has reviewed 300 recommendations received in October 2009 and had come out with a 20-point land reform agenda and it is expected to be on the table for discussion at the council meeting when it is held.

The discussion is expected to focus on how land is to be reallocated to the landless poor families and how proper entitlement will be ensured.

The challenge of the National Land Reform Council, a 16-member body with 6 members from the civil society, 9 Chief Ministers and chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will be to press the state governments to respond.

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