Dalit bodies seeks amendment in land law

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By:Himvani

A Sirmaur based civil rights group Dalit Vikas Sangathan sought amendment and repealing of Himachal Pradesh Gram Shamlat Bhumai Nidan and Udyog Act terming it against interest of poor section and against others land laws made for welfare of weaker classes.

Convener of DVS Mr. Sunder Singh said in a press conference held here today that the legislation was passed in 2001 and was against the spirit of State Land and Tenancy Act 1972. He said that after invoking HPGSBNU Act many farmers belonging to the weaker sections and Dalit households have lost their ownership rights that was awarded to them under the Tenancy Act 1972.

However many farmers cease to loose their ownership rights as the new act came into force in the state 1972. A delegation of civil rights group also met the Chief Minister recently but however they did not get any assurance as a memorandum was also submitted in this regard.

He alleged that provision of HPGSBNU Act was also found against Big land and Land Ceiling Act as landowner become entitled to hold more than 500 bighas of land, however earlier they could not exceed the ceiling limit of 47 bighas. The farmers have threatened to knock the door of court if state does not respond to their demands by abolishing the conflicting clauses. They also alleged that farmers in other districts were already moved to challenge this faulty act in the court.