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

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WEST BENGAL- Unredeemed Share-Croppers

Land Reforms (Amendment) Act, 1972. The grounds of termination of cultivation by a bargadar have been restricted, security of tenure of a bargadar cultivating land upto one hectare has been ensured, right of cultivation by a bargadar has been made hereditary and the bargadar's share of the produce has been raised from 60 per cent to 75 per cent where the owner does not supply plough, cattle, manure and seed, "Despite these laws ameliorating their [the bargadars5] conditions and strengthening their right", the report of the assembly committee says, "their position is far from being enviable, and they are still lighting with their back to the walls'". The evidence of officers of the Iand and Land Revenue Department of the state government, of leaders of the Samjukta Kishan Sabha, the Agragaini Kishan Sabha, the All-India Kishan Sabha and other peasant organisations and of bargadars themselves, recorded at different places visited by the commit- tee, reveals cases of illegal and forcible eviction of bargadars by the owners. "Little could the penal provision provided in the Act deter the owners from keeping away from such indiscriminate acts'', the committee states.

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