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12 October 2012

Madhya Pradesh CM urges Centre for Land Reforms Act, Undertakes on-foot journey with Jan-Satyagrah Yatra in Agra

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has reportedly said that patta of land on which a poor person is residing will be given to him in Madhya Pradesh. He urged the Union Government for Land Reforms Act. He assured utmost support of the State Government to this Act and cooperation in its implementation. Mr. Chouhan also urged Chief Ministers of other states to unite for safeguarding rights of the poor.

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said this during Jan-Satyagrah Padyatra at Agra on Wednesday, an official spokesman said. He said that he can abdicate power, but not favour towards the poor. He said that tigers should be saved, but not by displacing tribals. He said that issues pertaining to the poor should be at the core of politics. He said that special debate is required on the issues concerning the common man.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is expected to meet the protesters in Agra and sign an agreement on land reforms. It is said that the march is expected to be called off if an agreement is reached.

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan informed that land pattas have been given to 1.76 lakh tribals in Madhya Pradesh. The process of issuing pattas will continue in future also until every tribal gets the same. He informed that important initiatives have been taken in the state like announcement of support price for minor forest produce and loans to farmers and fishermen at zero percent interest rate. He urged the Union Government also to take necessary steps towards this.

The Chief Minister suggested to constitute a council for drafting Land Reforms Act and include grass-root level people in it. He said that meeting of this council should be convened at the earliest and an effective Act implemented. He assured that this Land Reform Act will be effectively implemented in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, he will also urge Chief Ministers of other states for this. He said that all efforts are being made to develop Madhya Pradesh as in ideal state. He said that he will always back the poor in their fight for rights. 

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan participated in Jan-Satyagrah at village Rohta near Agra. He walked on foot for five kilometres from Rohta to COD Maidan. During the Padyatra, the Chief Minister was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Sadhna Singh, Women & Child Development Minister Mrs. Ranjana Baghel and Madhya Pradesh Jan-Abhiyan Parishad Vice-Chairman Dr. Ajay Mehta. Riding an open vehicle, the Chief Minister interacted with Padyatris spread over an area of six kilometers and enquired about their health. In addition to the walk, Mr. Chouhan also rode a bicycle for six km and interacted with the protestors and enquired about their health.

Due to being on the US visit, the Chief Minister had addressed Satyagrahis at Morena through mobile phone on October 5 and had assured to participate in Satyagrah after return to the country. He fulfilled this promise on Wednesday.

It may be mentioned here that Jan-Satyagrah Yatra by Ekta Parishad had commenced from Gwalior to Delhi on October 3, which reached Agra on Wednesday. Those who participated in the Yatra included Ektra Parishad national president Mr. P.V. Rajagopal and his wife Mrs. Laxmi, Parishad’s national general secretary Dr. Ran Singh Parmar, other office-bearers and voluntary workers.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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