In yet another important decision to woo Mahadalits, the Jitan Ram Manjhi government has decided to give free land to urban scheduled caste and scheduled tribe families to build homes. The state government has already been giving three decimal land to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe families across the state.
The Bihar Cabinet on Wednesday decided to give free land up to 30 square metre land to a landless SC/ST family on lease for 30 years. Cabinet secretariat principal secretary B Pradhan said: “Land plots to be given to urban landless Dalit families will be purchased on circle or government rate. Land categories meant to given to urban Dalit on lease for 30 years will be khas mahal, kaiser-e-hind and gair majarua (land types).” The lease can be renewed after 30 years.
The decision assumes political significance with Manjhi trying to further consolidate his position as a Dalit leader. Former CM Nitish Kumar had started the scheme to give three decimal land to Mahadalits but it had several loopholes such as wrong identification of beneficiaries.
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