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Indira Kranti Patham Land



Designed with the aim of enabling and supporting the poor in getting enhanced access to land, IKP’s Land Component has come up a long way expanding from initial land purchase activities to land access activities positioning a sensitive support mechanism for the poor. Along with enabling 5303 women to purchase good quality irrigated lands, land issues pertaining to 3,24,537 poor covering 4,05,798.02 acres have been got settled so far in convergence with the Revenue Department.

Background Land represents a fundamental asset to the rural families in our country which comprise a substantial majority of the population. It is a primary source of income, security, and status. Land is one asset which almost every rural man or woman relates to. In the rural areas all the socio-economic privileges and deprivations revolve round land.

For the Government, since independence, land reforms have been a central  ssue of National Agenda. Recognizing how critical is ownership of land for a poor person, the Government has taken major steps to make sure that the poor get control over the lands by measures like abolition of zamindari and all intermediaries, tenancy reforms and ceiling on landholdings. Along with the above, such protective enactments which prohibited transfer of land assigned by the Government and also the alienation of tribal lands have been enacted with a view to prevent the poor from losing their lands.

These achievements notwithstanding, the lack of progress in the field implementation of the land reforms programme remain a matter of serious concern. Over a period of time, land reforms have taken a back seat and still remain an unfinished agenda. Suffering from other traits of poverty like lack of voice, bargaining power, access to knowledge etc. the poor also suffer from lack of access to secured title or possession over land. If they have one, they don’t have the other. If they have both, their land is locked in litigation, abetted by the pathetic position of Land Records, going through a hierarchy of courts at the end of which they are not sure of getting justice.