Draft National Land Reforms Policy 18th July 2013 DRAFT FOR DISCUSSION PURPOSES


READ CAREFULLY AND DISCUSS.This is available on the website of Central Government’s Ministry of Rural Development [url=http://rural.nic.in/index.asp]http://rural.nic.in/index.asp[/url]

Thanks and regards
anant joglekar
Draft_National_Land_Reforms_Policy_July_2013.pdf (522 KB)

Ridiculous! It looks like they want to kill the last bit of profitability in farming.
This just looks like a populist move, against scale, mechanization and efficiency.

Seriously! Is this a possibility?

Utterly ridiculous.

Looking long term this move appears to make land holdings even smaller, hence make agriculture utterly unprofitable under the guise of land redistribution to the poor. If this does go through, then I am sure in a little while we would see that govt would say that agri is becoming untenable hence we have to work with large corporates and be left to their mercy.

Does anyone have a more informed opinion on this?

The site says the last date for comments is 31.08.2013, but I could not find a way for posting comments either in the pdf or on the site. Was anybody lucky to discover how?

Or is it just for the comments of the netas?

Chandra - The only link I found was “Public Grievances” on the home page. How convenient to ask for comments and then not provide any avenue to do so.

If anyone on the forum or someone they know is associated with a TV channel, they should ask them to air a program on this and talk about how devastating this would be. Need of the hour is investments in rural areas, specifically agriculture on which majority of the population still depends on and these types of policies would do the exact opposite. Already people are quitting agriculture by the hordes, this would expedite that and also make sure no new farming passionate individual/agri entrepreneur would venture/consider this area.

Classic example of arm chair policies being drafted by some one sitting in an AC bhavan in the capital. Watch Peepli Live movie to view how detached policy framers can be from the ground realities.

To see how contrasting and ironic this draft looks, please view these two contrasting links on the Rural ministry web site itself


Hi Chandra,
the last date of comments is for state goverments and not individuals .
This draft has been sent to state governments and they are supposed to provide comments on it till 13th Aug .
Looks like political parties can go to any extent for votes . Already ceilings are there in most of the states.
In maharashtra its around 18 acres of irrigated land aprox . Looks like they wanted to make ceiling just 5 to 10 acres .

This is alarming . Already due to smaller land holdings farmers are moving towards forming groups and do farming .
Document shows less than 9% households own 56%+ lands , so they wanted to distribute this land to landless .
I wonder even if they distribute this land will it be viable to cultivate 5 acres of land .
Again within few decades increasing population will reduce holding to less than 3 acres so back to square 1 .
These same peoples will sell or lease this land and peoples will find out loopholes to own such lands .

This shows how desperate government is to get votes, not sure if enough resistance will be there from 9% land holders .


Hi Prakruti,
regarding consolidation, it has nothing much to do with size of the land.

A typical example where consolidation may come in to picture is as below .

A father holds 2 acres each in two surveys, after him his two sons gets 1 acre each in each survey .
Now government wanted to consolidate 4 pieces of land in two pieces and give it back to two brothers .

Two links you have provided has their own purpose and I don’t think they are contradicting technically .
But practically lowering ceiling and redistributing will lead to fragmentation only, but then its politics and they are not worried about its effects in long run .


The central government has called comments from all state governments till 31-08-2013 but looking to the present political and social unrest due to coming elections in 2014, I don’t think the politicians may get time to study it carefully and assess its repercussions from the overall development point of view. The only remedy available is to contact the political parties, MLAs MLCs , make them aware of the hidden danger and request them to oppose if government tries for forcible enactment keeping eye on the forthcoming elections.
The policy document in Hindi is also available on the website - [url=http://rural.nic.in/sites/downloads/latest/Draft_National_Land_Reforms_PolicyHnd_July_2013.pdf]http://rural.nic.in/sites/downloads/latest/Draft_National_Land_Reforms_PolicyHnd_July_2013.pdf[/url]

Hindi version attached and updated version as on 24 July 2013 is available on the website.

It is rightly said by Hon. Babasaheb Ambedkar " Learn , Unite and Struggle for your Rights "

Anant Joglekar
draft National Land Reforms Policy 24-Jul-2013.pdf (519 KB)

Hi Anant,
there are two sides here .
Most of politicians and their trusts own huge lands for various purposes so they will be the first ones to be affected .
But then they are the smartest ones to find out loopholes . As a political party they will try to push this policy but ensure that they should not be affected . So we need to think of work around from now itself .


Maharashtra no to Centre plan to cut agricultural land ceiling :
articles.timesofindia.indiatimes … eiling-act


Some sense there. Hope other states follow suit.

This comment by a reader was interesting - I wish we were all distributed some cash after acquiring the excess money :smiley:

AP has rejected the land extent proposals. :sunglasses:

Dear Chandra

If we believe C.M. Pruthviraj Chavan, the Government of Maharashtra has also rejected the provisions of the draft policy. But the past experience tells us that the otherwise also can happen. In 1976 the then C.M. Vasantrao Naik was guarantying that he would not allow ceiling and accordingly opposed the then P.M. and Congress Supremo Indira Gandhi but overnight he was replaced with Shankarrao Chavan and the Act was enforced in 1976 wef 26 -09- 1970.

So farmers should be ready for ‘come what may’.

Those who support this policy should first surrender their

  • Spare bedroom to the homeless.
  • Shares to the deprived & poor.
  • Bank Deposits to the persons without bank accounts
  • Gold to those with uncertain financially future