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UPA prepares a pro-poor National Land Reform Policy

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is preparing a National Land Reform Policy in favor of the poor and landless. This policy would support land rights of different marginalized groups: nomadic tribes, Scheduled Tribes landless families, and women. This is the result of the pressure from land rights activists in India. Last October 2012, Ekta Parishad organized Jan Satyagraha, a non-violent foot march, where some 100,000 landless and poor people demanded government to implement land reforms. Land rights advocates are hoping for the actual unveiling of this policy, as well as the passage of the long-awaiting land acquisition bill (to supersede the highly outdated 1894 Land Acquisition Act) and the food security bill.


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