Change and Development in Rural Society

Change and Development in Rural Society

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What was the objective behind fixing ceiling on land holdings?

Answer

Objectives of Ceiling on Landholdings:

1. The basic objective of fixation of ceiling on landholdings is to acquire land above a certain level from the present landholders for the distribution among the landless. It is primarily a redistrbutive measure based on the principle of socio-economic justice.

2. The disparity in landownership in India is a well-known fact while nearly one fourth of rural households have no land at all, there were a large number of landholders owning thousands of acres each on the eve of independence. Thus, fixation of ceiling on agricultural holdings has been used as a means to correct this imbalance.

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