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    NITI Aayog forms expert panel on land lease, extends task force on agri development

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    NITI AayogAs per two separate orders released by the Agriculture Division of the government think-tank, National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, has constituted an expert group on land leasing, headed by former CACP chairman T Haque, besides extending the task force on agriculture development up to October, 2015.  The terms of the reference of the expert committee are to review the existing agricultural tenancy laws of states, including hilly states and schedule areas, to examine the distinctive features of land system in erstwhile zamindari, ryotwari and mahalwari areas. Besides, it would suggest appropriate amendments, keeping in view the need to legalize and liberalize land leasing for much needed agricultural efficiency, equity, occupational diversification, and rapid rural transformation. It will also prepare a model agricultural land leasing act in consultation with states. The 10 member committee will have representation from Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Maharashtra, Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Joint Secretary H S Meena from the Department of Land Resources.  While, J P Mishra, Adviser (Agriculture) in NITI Aayog will be the member secretary. The task force is to frame policy recommendations in areas such as land, national common market, crop prices, fertilizer use, seeds and genetically modified (GM) technology, and agrarian distress.

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