Manmohan to head land reforms council

Written by Economy Bureau | New Delhi, Oct 29 | Updated: Oct 30 2007, 04:35am hrs
The Centre has decided to constitute the National Land Reforms Council (NLRC) under the chairmanship of the prime minister. The council would look into issues such as land reforms and will make specific recommendations on the policies related to land, speedier disposal of land related court cases and judicial forum relating to the latter. The council would be supplemented by a committee on state agrarian relations and the unfinished task in land reforms, headed by rural development minister Raghuwansh Prasad Singh. The committee would also include persons eminent in the field of land reforms.

The broad terms of reference of this committee would, among others, include detailed consideration of and making recommendations on the issues related to ceiling on land holdings, distribution of land to the eligible persons, including the landless and homestead landless and for ensuring their possession, speedier disposal of land-related court cases and necessary mechanisms for the same including setting up of fast track courts at various levels. Singh said the committee would carry out required field surveys and studies, collate the necessary data and make recommendations through the rural development ministry to the NLRC. The entire exercise is being carried out in the backdrop of agitations by landless villagers and tribals on the issue of land reforms.

The recommendations of the committee would be considered by the Centre while making appropriate decisions and for passing suitable recommendations and advice to state governments.