Ekta Foundation Trust

Project Theme

Natural Resource Management

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

Ekta Parishad is a federation of community based organisations, launched in 1989, working directly with over 350,000 families belonging to marginal and landless community [especially Dalit, Adivasi and excluded communities] in nearly 10000 villages in 15 States (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Utter Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharastra, Gujarat, Harayana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur) of India today. Over the years, EP has succeeded in first reviving and then keeping alive the agenda of pro-poor land reforms in the country, a national agenda that had become almost non-existent over four decades of independence. This year is the 25th year of Ekta Parishad’s presence and they will be campaigning for securing land and livelihood rights of tribal and other marginalized communities.

Impact by partner
  • In the previous year Ekta Parishad did advocacy and campaign for land rights through documentation and information dissemination, advocacy and lobbying as well as alliance building and networking to facilitate the process for National Land Reform Policy, Land Acquisition Bill, and National Homestead Land Rights Bills with Government of India and implementation of directives of MoRD in different state with states government.
  • Output of this project are documentation of analytical report on manifesto of different parties in Madhya Pradesh, State consultation on Land and livelihood right in Madhya Pradesh, 3 National consultation’s report, regular briefing on development of National Task Force on Land Reform and land issues with media mobilized the journalist and intellectuals to write on Land Issues in India in more than 50 news agencies’ magazine and newspapers, e-new letter and website informed to more than 3000 personnel, organization, volunteers, social activists and intellectuals across to globe on land reform advocacy, National level consultations helped in developing and maintaining the land rights network and alliance, capacity development of land rights advocacy and framing the long term intervention strategy for land reform in India. This project was helpful to build and maintain the network and alliance in consequence of keeping touch with the members of National Task Force, discussion with Parliamentarians as a result National Land Reform Policy and National Homestead Land Rights Bills has been prepared draft and placed it on website for suggestion in these two important bill and policy.
  • National Land Reform Policy declared by the Minister of Rural Development on July 17th 2013 in a meeting of Task Force. Draft policy was circulated to all Chief Ministers, Revenue Ministers and Revenue Secretaries for comment on 31 August 2013. But it could not put in the cabinet as well as in the parliament for broader discussion. • A draft paper on National Homestead Act has been finalized, which is now pending in clearance with Ministry of Law (MoL) of Government of India. National Task Force on Land Reform has not received any comments from Ministry of Law. Once it will approve the Bill will go to a Parliamentary Committee which will comment as per the constitution. The MoRD can then present the Bill to parliament.