In Punjab, higher castes, largely Jat Sikhs, dominate the farming panorama. They are attempting to take the reserved land on lease below the identify of dummy bidders, who work as their helper. The Dalit households have been spending cash to pay for the bills of land.
The joint farming approach being adopted by Dalit landless households in a number of villages on reserved frequent land in Sangrur district of Punjab has helped many households in getting wheat for consumption and extra earnings.
These Dalit households have acquired reserved land on ‘annual lease’ by spending some cash from their very own pocket.
The success which was achieved by the Dalit households has motivated extra such households in varied villages to comply with swimsuit. But there are some higher castes households who’re attempting to take the reserved land on lease below the identify of dummy bidders, who work as their helper. The Dalit households have been spending cash to pay for the bills of land.
Avtar Singh, a member of Balad Kalan panchayat stated, “Like previous years, this time additionally joint cultivation has come to the rescue of round 188 landless Dalits, who’ve taken 93 acres of reserved panchayat land collectively on annual lease.
Every household has acquired 5 quintal wheat and the remaining crop will likely be offered. All households will get their share of revenue additionally”.
Joint farming is quite common today. At Jhaneri village, too, 64 Dalit households are engaged in joint farming on 13 acres. Similarly, at Batriana, Gharachon, and different villages, these households have fashioned teams and are reaping the profit.
Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Gharachon stated that “Earlier upper-caste families used to take reserved land on annual lease under the name of their helper by showing them as bidders. But now, landless Dalits are coming forward to take land on lease to cultivate crops.”
Mukesh Malaud who’s the President of Zameen Prapati Sangharash Committee stated that “Landless Dalits have proved that joint farming is the best way to provide food to all. Yet they face serious problems during an auction of reserved land in villages as upper-caste landlords use dummy bidders to take it. The Punjab Government should come up with a policy to ensure only landless Dalits get the reserved land on annual lease.”
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