"Hard political decisions" needed to give land to landless: Ramesh

Last Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 14:33

Kannur: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday declared Kannur in Kerala as the first zero landless district in the country and said that "political will" was required to implement such a programme on an all- India basis.

"Every family of landless poor in the district is going to get three cents of land for building a house. It is an historic step," the Minister said while declaring Kannur as India`s first landless-free district.

Kannur: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday declared Kannur in Kerala as the first zero landless district in the country and said that "political will" was required to implement such a programme on an all- India basis.

"Every family of landless poor in the district is going to get three cents of land for building a house. It is an historic step," the Minister said while declaring Kannur as India`s first landless-free district.

Though the national land reform policy says every landless person should get 10 cents of land for building a house, that allocation was not quite possible in Kerala due to a shortage of land, Ramesh said, adding that land was expensive in the state.

"While 10 cents is a desirable objective, one should also be a little realistic as to how much (land) is available," Ramesh said while hailing the UDF government`s decision in the state to implement the programme despite constraints.

Later, talking to a news agency, the Minister said, "Kerala is a place where land is in short supply and very expensive. So, how they are going to find land for the two lakh families is going to be quite a challenge.

"They will have to identify wasteland. They will have to identify some excess land which is available with private land owners or with local bodies. They will have to identify old `bhoodan` land," he said.

PTI

First Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 14:33

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