Ahead of the Himachal Pradesh elections, BJP sharpened its attack against Congress leader Virbhadra Singh, alleging that his relatives violated the state laws to buy agricultural and forest lands a

The specific objectives of the research study are: To describe the current level of ownership and control of the selected communities over the land and natural resources; To describe the circumstances and manner that the land is being grabbed; To identify the impacts of land grabbing on the selected communities; and To elaborate the ongoing resi

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday met Jan Satyagraha activists in Agra and signed an agreement committing that the government will draft a national land reforms policy with

In an agreement with Jan Satyagraha, Centre promises to initiate land reforms

Thousands of landless poor aborted their march to Delhi on Thursday, accepting the government's promises to initiate land reform and the possibility of statutory backing for the right to shelter, homestead and agricultural land. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh signed a 10-point agreement in Agra — barely 10 days after refusing to sign a similar deal at the march’s starting point in Gwalior — which promises a draft National Land Reform Policy in the next four to six months.

A task force will be set up under the Rural Development Minister to take the process forward and the first meeting will be held on October 17

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today met Jan Satyagraha activists and agreed to their demands for framing a National Land Reforms Policy, thus cutting short the march of about 50,000 landless people to Delhi. The march, which started on October 2 from Gwalior, was discontinued after Ramesh signed an agreement with Jan Satyagraha leader P V Rajagopal for bringing in land reforms and addressing the issues of the landless poor in the country.

Former Madhya Pradesh Congress president and former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged him to resolve the demands of the Satyagrahis pertaining to lan

Jairam Ramesh concludes two days of intense negotiations

The Central government will come halfway — literally — in its bid to prevent the thousands of landless poor now marching along National Highway 3 from actually reaching the capital. After two days of intense negotiations with the march’s organisers Ekta Parishad, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has decided to head to Agra — slightly before the halfway point of the Jan Satyagraha — and is likely to sign an agreement on land reforms there on Thursday.

Thousands of people began a long march from Gwalior to Delhi on Wednesday demanding that the Centre announce a national land reforms policy and amend legislations for the benefit of the landless.

Efforts of Jairam and Jyotiraditya to talk them out of it fail

Thousands from all over India set to march to Delhi to demand their own land

On Tuesday, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh and Union Minister of State for Commerce Jyotiraditya Scindia flew into Gwalior in a last-ditch effort to convince the padayatra organisers — a land reform people’s movement called Ekta Parishad — to call off the march and accept the Government’s promises that a draft National Land Reform Policy will be prepared within six months.