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A Short Note on Report...

Note on “Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task in Land Reforms”

Land and its management falls under the domain of the States as per the Constitution. So various States/UTs have their own tenancy Acts and Rules. The role of the Central Government in the field of Land Reforms is only advisory and coordinating. However, with a view to look into various issues related to Land Reforms, a “Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task in Land Reforms” was constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of Rural Development vide Resolution dated 9.1.2008. The terms of reference of the Committee, inter-alia, included in-depth review of the issues related to land ceiling Programme/tenancy etc. The Committee has submitted its Report, and has made recommendations on various aspects of Land Reforms. The Report of the Committee is to be placed before the “National Council for Land Reforms” constituted under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister for its consideration and directions. However, it has been decided that the recommendations of the Committee may be examined by an appropriate Committee of Secretaries (CoS) before these are placed for consideration of the “National Council for Land Reforms”. Accordingly, the recommendations have been examined by the CoS. Now, further action on the recommendations would be taken as per decision of the National Council for Land Reforms. The first meeting of the ‘National Council for Land Reforms’ is yet to be held. However, a preparatory meeting for the ‘National Council for Land Reforms’ has been held on 26th June, 2012 with the non-official members under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development.