Leaders of several farmer's organisations and farmland rights activists urged the government for adequate transparency in distribution of khas lands to genuine landless peasants.
Speakers at a seminar organised by policy research organisation INCIDIN in Dhaka on Sunday said the district level khas land distribution committees need to be given a political and moral boost to revitalise the activity, which will change the dynamics of landless peasants in rural Bangladesh.
INCIDIN was instrumental in organising the People's Agriculture Commission headed by bipartisan lawmakers, farmer's and peasant's organisations working at the grassroots.
A keynote paper was presented by AKM Masud Ali, chief of INCIDIN, while former Land Minister Rezaul Karim Hira, MP was the chief guest. The seminar was also addressed by Shamsul Huda, director of Association of Land Reforms and Development, Tofazzal Hossain Monju and journalist Saleem Samad.
The research organisation study on more than 25,000 landless peasants and farmers suggested to amend the khas land distribution policy should also include the landless women and also the adivasis, specially those who are marginal farmers.