Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:20

‘Distribute khas land among landless’

INCIDIN Bangladesh on Tuesday urged the government to ensure the rights of marginalised farmers and landless people on khas land. At a press conference, INCIDIN Bangladesh executive director A K M Masud Ali said that the government should incorporate housing, khas land and khas water bodies in the existing policy and hand them over to landless people. INCIDIN Bangladesh organised the press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. Masud said during the distribution of khas land concerned authorities needed to prioritise landless women. He said national minority people also have their right over khas land so it is the duty of concerned authorities to ensure land rights of national minority people. Masud said that the total land of Bangladesh is 3 crore 57 lakh 63, 000 acre, of which 80 lakh 30, 000 hectares land is cultivable. One fourth of this cultivable land is under threat, he added. Different researches find that every day 220 hectares of agricultural land is going to the non agricultural sector. Every year 82, 000 hectare land is decreasing and 1,000 hectare land is destroyed by river erosion. Masud said the government should not only hand over khas land to landless people but also ensure proper agricultural productivity on the khas land. He also demanded formulation of agricultural court for a sustainable agricultural sector. INCIDIN Bangladesh director (legal and policy) Rafiqul Islam Khan was also present at the press conference.

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