On June 7th, thousands of poor and landless people from villages across Bihar gathered in Patna, the State capital, to take out a rally and a public meeting organized by Ekta Parishad, in which representatives of many voluntary organizations and renowned social workers participated. People claimed control over land and livelihood, through different demands :
Formation of a special Task force for implementa-tion of D. Bandhopadhya’s recommendations (the land reform recommendations in Bihar).
- Ensuring 10 dismal homestead land for all home- less families.
- Recognition of tenant under Tenancy Act
- Ensuring forest land under Forest Rights Act 2007 for all tribal families
- Stop Agriculture land grabbing for non agriculture purpose
- Stop Corruption in pro-poor Development scheme
Bihar, situated on the south of Nepal, between Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, is one of the most populated states, but also one of the most backward in terms of economic and social develop- ment. 30,6% of the population of Bihar is living be- low the poverty line, and 30% is landless. Problems faced by the poor communities are numerous in this area. For example, as Jagannath Mishra, the former Chief Minister, told it during the public meeting, the Maha Dalits, who are one of the poorest communi- ties, still didn’t received the land they were sup- posed to get. Rajagopal PV who also attended the meeting condemned the government for favoring capitalist projects and neglecting the agenda of poor people. A few people are looting all the resources in the name of development, while the poor are being thrown out from their land through violence. Rajagopal announced that this Satyagraha will con- tinue until the poor get land in their ownership.