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Guaranteeing Title to Land

Land is the most valuable natural resource whose planning and development offer major prospects for increases in output and incomes for the people, especially for those who are near or below the poverty line. For efficient land planning and optimum use, it is essential that there be clarity and certainty about title to land. In India land records are in very poor shape and there is maximum litigation in rural and urban areas about ownership. It has been estimated by reputed agencies that India loses 1.3 per cent economic growth annually as a result of disputed land titles, which inhibit supply of capital and credit for agriculture. It is therefore exceedingly important that a fundamental change is brought about in the way land records are maintained. The conversion of the present system of presumptive titles to land into conclusive titles is the only sensible solution of this problem. Bold political direction alone can bring about reform of this magnitude which will bring our country in the mainstream of a worldwide trend, enhance the marketability of land, reduce the stupendous social cost of litigation and give a boost to agricultural production and urban and industrial development.

Zoning for Sugar Co-operatives

The financial involvement of the government of Maharashtra in the co-operative sugar factories in the state runs into thousands of crores of rupees but more than 80 per cent of them are running at losses. The state government appointed an expert committee to look into the problem and suggest remedial measures for dealing with sickness of these factories. One of the recommendations of the committee was the reintroduction of zoning. The writer, a member of the committee, argues in his 'Note of Dissent' on this recommendation that it is not the absence of zoning but the presence of deeply rooted financial and political involvement of the state government and the resultant inefficiency in these factories that is the root cause of the abject condition of these factories.

Guaranteeing Title to Land-A Preliminary Study

A Preliminary Study D C Wadhwa The present records-of-rights in land in India are fiscal in nature. The person shown on the records as responsible for paying land-revenue for a particular piece of land is presumed to be the proprietor of that land unless it is proved otherwise. Thus title to land is only incidental. This paper argues why it is necessary to change over to a system of registration of title to land and discusses, on the basis of a review of the arrangements prevailing in a number of other countries, how such a system can be introduced in India.

Transferability of Raiyati Holdings in Bihar-A Long Journey, 1793-1950

Among the major obstacles to agricultural development is the defective agrarian structure or institutional framework of agricultural production. The common criticism about the land reforms programme in the country is that legislation has been far short of the policy declarations and the implementation has been nowhere near even that watered down legislation. The state of Bihar is considered to be the worst in this respect, both in legislation and implementation.

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