BHUBANESWAR: The Government is contemplating to bring Odisha Land Leasing Act for the benefit of sharecroppers in the State. The Act is likely to be introduced in the second phase of the Budget session of the Assembly which will begin on Tuesday.
Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Bijoyshree Routray told mediapersons that the Act will provide recognition to sharecroppers cultivating the agricultural land on lease and enable them to access loans through credit institutions, insurance, disaster relief and other support services provided by the Government.
Provisions in the proposed law was discussed at an inter-Ministerial committee meeting attended by Cooperation Minister Damodar Rout, Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathy and Panchayati Raj and Law Minister Arun Sahu. Official sources said a format created by Niti Aayog will be handed over to Tehsildars for framing a report within three weeks by taking opinions of landlords and sharecroppers. However, it is yet to be decided whether a new legislation will be brought or Orissa Land Reforms Acts will be amended for the benefit of sharecroppers.
Routray said compensation for crop loss due to any natural calamity is going directly to landlords. Through this act, the sharecroppers can avail loan facilities from bank and all Government facilities, the Minister said and added that the Act will take care of interests of both the landlords and sharecroppers.