ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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PUNJAB-Tussle over Ceilings

PUNJAB Tussle over Ceilings THOUGH land ceilings should be viewed as an integral part of a wider land reform and economic development programme and not in isolation, they have assumed independent importance in Punjab. On this issue in fact hinges the future of the new ministry. Addressing Congress MLAs at Chandigarh on March 15, S D Sharma, AICC General Secretary, conveyed the Prime Minister's wish that lower land ceilings should be among the ministry's foremost objectives. But this directive has landed Chief Minister Zail Singh in a dilemma. Al most throughout Punjab, there is considerable opposition to the move for lower ceilings, though all political parties profess to support it. Even CPI has shied away from the subject, abandoning the stress on radical land reforms laid in the party's 1967 manifesto. The CPM's state unit has come out in favour of a comfortable 18-acre ceiling.

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