Ekta Parishad organizes consultations on draft National Land Reforms Policy
Ekta Parishad, along with PACS-DFID, has organized civil society and media consultations to formulate responses to the new National Land Reforms Policy Draft that has been posted on the Government of India official Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) website for the purpose of receiving public responses by way of suggestions/comments/observations etc.
The National Land Reforms Task Force (NLRTF) was formed under the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India in October 2012 after the government signed a contract with Jansatyagraha 2012 led by Ekta Parishad. This civil society movement succeeded in pressuring the government to seriously and realistically take up the work of formulating a land reforms policy at the national level. Subsequently, the NLRTF took up the task of formulating this policy with the involvement of civil society members within the Task Force.
A draft of this land reforms policy is now on government websites inviting comments, suggestions, amendments and feedback before it gets a final shape. The deadline for public and civil society responses has been moved from 26 August to 30 August 2013. So far, CSOs in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have responded with positive feedback and amendment suggestions.
It is in this context that Ekta Parishad organized multi-stakeholder consultations of civil society members in Ranchi and Patna last 24 and 25 August. Through the consultations, CSOs can understand and formulate a collective response to the draft policy. As a part of the task force work, “advisories” were issued to states through the MoRD that the state governments have not taken any serious steps to implement.