MP Govt announces to form committee over Bhoodan Movement land

Bhopal, Jul 22 (Muslim Saleem) Madhya Pradesh Revenue Minister Umashankar Gupta today admitted in the Assembly that the problem of land given in the Bhoodan Movement being in the possession of the Forest Department is persisting in the entire state and announced that a three-member committee would be formed to resolve the problem.

During the Question Hour, Mr Subedar Singh Rajodha (ruling Bharatiya Janata Party), raised the matter of alleged illegal occupation of the Forest Department of land given during the Bhoodan Movement. He said that peasants toiled to make the land received in 1976 cultivable but were removed by the Department in 1980-81.

In his reply, the Minister said that similar problems have been come to notice in several districts. He announced that a committee headed by a retired officer would be formed to look into the issue. The committee would comprise a senior officer each from Revenue and Forest departments. A decision would be taken in the interest of agriculturists in six months.