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suns and grandsons and their wives or widows, and unmarried daughters and granddaughter. The 1972 Bill defines 'the family' as husband and wife, unless legally separated, and minor .sons and unmarried daughters. This new definition of family is expected to provide surplus land for redistribution, but the authors of the Hill have failed to take into account the various other ploys used by landholders to defeat the purpose of lowering the ceilings, such as entering fictitious names under the category 'minor sons and unmarried daughters' or resorting to henami transactions. The 1960 Act had fixed the ceiling at '40 acres of good quality land' and if a family consisted of more than five members, eight acres were allowed lor each additional member, subject to a maximum of 24 acres. The present Hill fixes the ceiling at 7.30 hectares (about 15 acres) of irrigated land, two extra hectares being allowed for each major son who does not own land in his own name, subject to a maximum of .six hectares. The definition of irrigated land is land which yields two crops in an agricultural year with both the two crops being irrigated from any source

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