The Bhumi Adhikar Chetavani Satyagraha organized by Ekta Parishad will enter Delhi today. Walking with more than 5000 people from 20 states, Shri Rajagopal P.V., the leader of this action and Member of National Land Reforms Task Force, said that the Government of India should initiate a dialog with the landless and homeless people of the country to understand their plight. We want to tell the government that rather than focusing on Land Acquisition, the government should give greater attention to distributing land to the landless and homeless.
Yesterday the government had invited representatives of Ekta Parishad for a dialog. Ramesh Sharma, Aneesh Kumar, Pradeep Priyadarshi, and Shradha Kashyap of Ekta Parishad had a long discussion with the Honorable Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. At this discussion the following proposals were tabled:
- Reconstitute and reactivate the National Land Reforms Council
- Introduce the Homestead Bill 2013 in the Parliament
- Initiate steps to approve the Land Reforms Policy 2013
- Initiate steps to strengthen the implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006
- Set up fast-track courts to address long pending legal cases related to land
- Initiate steps to strengthen the implementation of PESA 1996
- Withdraw the Ordinance to Land Acquisition Act
Shri Rajnath Singh engaged in a constructive dialog on all the above issues. He assured the representatives of Ekta Parishad that within 24 hours the Government will give a positive response to the satyagrahris. He has also received a positive response from the Honorable Prime Minister. He assured that the government will very soon initiate steps for a discussion on land-reform by activating the National Land Reforms Council.
The leader of Bhumi Adhikar Chetavani Yatra, Shri Rajagopal P.V. welcomed the constructive and positive response from the government. He expressed faith that the government will reconsider its decision on the Ordinance to Land Acquisition Act 2014. The satyagraha will pass through Sansad Marg tomorrow. The representatives announced that if there is no concrete and positive response from the government then the future course of action will be announced on 25th.