Jan 12 2011

Amending the West Bengal Land Reforms Act: Benefiting the Poor and Marginalized

This report details Landesa’s suggested changes to West Bengal’s central land reform law. Two key changes include (1) a provision granting sharecroppers the right to assume ownership over a portion of the land they currently cultivate under a heavily regulated sharecropper-landowner relationship and (2) a requirement that all government-allocated land be granted either jointly to husband and wife or independently to a woman. This report is geared to policymakers in West Bengal, India and includes sample language for the proposed amendments. | download PDF

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