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

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BIHAR- Gimmick That Boomeranged

 land "irrigated from government sources and capable of growing at least two crops". This would exempt all lands irrigated by private tube-wells of which there are almost a hundred thousand in the region, according to the latest figures. Practically every medium-size holding has a tube-well which, like the tractor, has become almost a status symbol. Even canal-irrigated lands are dotted with private tube-wells whereas Government tube-wells number only 865. The prospect of any radical land reform is thus severely limited even if the norms enunciated by the Centre are .strictly enforced. The landowners who constitute a majority of both Congress and Akali legislators know this well. This also means that the traditional structure of political power will in turn remain unchanged.

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