Kerala Zero Landless Project Launched by Sonia Gandhi

Published on: 01 Oct, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Politics News Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram District News

1 October 2013

United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said here on Monday that the UPA government at the Centre and the United Democratic Front government in Kerala would work together to provide a responsive government and fulfil the aspirations of the people.

She was inaugurating the first phase of the distribution of title deeds to the landless under the Zero Landless (Citizens) Kerala Project, which seeks to provide three cents of land each to 2.44 lakh landless in the State by 2015.

Ms. Gandhi, who is also the All India Congress Committee president, said that inclusive growth was the policy of the UPA. “We want everyone to march together to make a new India. No one should be left behind or sidelined on account of religion, class, caste or creed.”

She said the Union government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had implemented a wide range of welfare programmes and brought in legislation on rehabilitation of evictees, right to education, right to work, and food security. The Kerala government was doing a stellar job to ensure social security and welfare of the poor through programmes such as the zero landless project. It was in harmony with the UPA’s social security measures and would receive full support of the Centre.

It was significant that the UDF government had come out with such a courageous measure to provide land to all despite severe pressure on land due to an increase in population and urbanisation. “This is a historic moment as the ultimate dream of everyone is to own a piece of land. By 2015 in Kerala, this will be fulfilled. Kerala will be the first State in the country to have achieved this. This is a model for other States to emulate.”

She later presented title deeds to a beneficiary each from six southern districts of the State. About one lakh titles are being distributed in the first phase.


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