Friday, 27 April 2018

60% Rural Residents Deprived of Land Rights

Written by: Eshan Maitra

Bangladesh is agricultural country. Sadly, 60% of rural residents are deprived of their land rights. Most Bangladeshi farmers do not even have allocated agricultural lands from the government, as it should be by the laws. While culture & life, everything revolves around farming lands, said ALRD Director Shamsul Huda. Again, amidst such tragic reality ‘Land Rights Day’ is celebrated each year on 10 June.

Specially, Natives to this land, are the most deprived. Internationally sanctioned heredity rule makes Native people rightful owner of their farming lands. Hence, they do not have any literal papers to prove their ownership. But the greedy influential & powerful people taking this advantage to grab their lands. Many Natives even fear of losing even their household lands to governmental reserves. As several of them already lost huge amount of their inherited farming lands in such announced reserves. Native Cultural Development Forum President Ajoy A Mree urges the government to perform demarcation. Then, set fixed boundaries of both governmental lands & their farming lands. So, they can cultivate & pay taxes as well.

Though, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman always claiming that the government is allocating farming lands for the farmers. They will also give lands to the natives who are landless.

Landless people of Ghughudoho Bil in Shathia, Pabna rose up and protested in 1985. Their successful movement established land-laws and marked 10 June as the Land Rights Day ever since.

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