2 days to secure land reform agenda

• Crucial steps and promised by the Government to be realized before April 11th and this could decide the fate of 35 years of struggle for land justice [1]
• The Jan Satyagraha that culminated in a massive march last October is doubling its pressure on the government, and bringing in global voices in support of the campaign
• Citizens all over India asked to place a missed call to 113- 0715-351 as part of a “virtual Satyagraha”
• Citizens around the world taking part in first ever global missed call campaign

On October 11th 2012, Ekta Parishad and 2000 other groups secured far-reaching promises from the national government for land reform and this was after 50 000 people had marched towards Delhi culminating in Agra on the well-known Jan Satyagraha march. As Rajagopal, the leader of the march has often said, “The absence of pro-poor land governance in a country where 70% of people generate a livelihood from the land, has exacerbated poverty, mass outmigration, expansion of urban slums and led to high levels of violence”.

The government is on a deadline to deliver.

Representatives of the marchers from various states are now returning to Delhi after the 11th April to review the progress made by the government. They will stay on until the 14th April in order to commerate the birth anniversary of the author of the Indian Constitution, Babasaheb Ambedkar. If the government does not deliver on the promised Ten Point program, the marchers will decide the next course of action.

In the run up to these meetings, we request all those who support the struggle for pro-poor land reforms policy to place a FREE missed call to 113 0715-351 to register their support. They will join thousands of people around the world who are standing in solidarity. You can also sign a petition urging GoI to fulfill the promises made to the people at Jansatyagraha in Agra.

[1] Ekta Parishad is a people’s movement dedicated to non-violent principles of action. They work towards building community-based governance (gram swaraj), local self-reliance (gram swawlamban) and responsible government (jawabdeh sarkar). Their aim is to see India’s poorest people gain control over livelihood resources, especially land, water and forest.

[2] The Ten-point land reform agenda includes measures that will mean millions of people can start supporting themselves on their own small plots of land; it will give fresh life to long neglected legislation that should be protecting the rights of poor and marginalised communities, like the Land Reform Acts from the 1950s and the more recent Forest Rights Act of 2006; and it will require state and national governments to work together in new ways to ensure landless poor and marginalised people can secure their rights. http://www.ektaparishad.com/en-us/jansatyagraha2012march/agreementonlandreforms.aspx

[3] The Rules is a new citizen-powered global movement that aims to tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty, from climate change to land rights to tax justice. For the first time in history, power is shifting to ordinary citizens who can now change the rules that create injustice.

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