MP CM urges Centre to frame law on land reforms



Bhopal: Expressing solidarity with the tribals embarking on a foot-march from Gwalior to Delhi on the issue of land reforms, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday urged the Centre to frame a law in this regard soon.

Chouhan assured that his government would support and implement the land reforms in totality.

The chief minister today joined the protesters at Rohta village near Agra and walked with them along with his wife Sadhna for nearly five kms, before reaching Agra's COD ground.

"I urge the Centre to frame a total land reforms law at the earliest and I also assure that my government will support and implement it in totality in Madhya Pradesh," Chouhan said addressing the large number of agitators who have taken up the march under the banner of Ekta Parishad.

Apparently referring to displacement of tribals from the forest areas, he said, "I am ready to leave the chair, but not poor people. I advocate for saving tigers but I am not ready to displace tribals for them."

There is a need for a special discussion on the issues concerning common man, he said adding that his government has given land lease to 1.76 lakh tribals in the state and this endeavour would continue till all of them get the land lease. Chouhan also urged the chief ministers of other states to get united for the landless people.

Besides, he also suggested constitution of a council for framing a land reform law in which persons associated with the people directly should be included. Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh demanded that Chouhan should present a resolution in the Vidhan Sabha for framing a land reform law and assured that his party would extend full support to it.

"Instead of putting the ball on the issue of framing a land reforms law in the court of the Centre, Chouhan should pass a resolution in the Assembly during winter session and send it to the central government," Ajay said in a statement.

A large number of tribals led by Ekta Parishad chairman P V Rajagopal had set on a march from Gwalior to Delhi on October 3 demanding total land reforms in the country and right to shelter.

Meanwhile, Ekta Parishad is understood to have reached an accord with the Centre as Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is expected to meet the protesters in Agra tomorrow.

Parishad media coordinator Jayant Singh Tomar said yesterday that Ramesh has obtained clearance from the Prime Minister on all the points on which a consensus was reached between the Centre and the protesters.

PTI