Correcting Gender issues: Center asks States to add Women in land records

On occasion of a two-day conference in association to Mahila Kisan Diwas, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said the government will address the issue of recording women farmers and cultivators in land records. Though women play a significant role in the agriculture sector and the ownership of the land is not properly recorded. 

When men migrate to cities in search of stable jobs,  women take up agriculture and the land left by men. This unofficial involvement is not recorded and this trend deprives women of institutional benefits and other government schemes. Though the responsibility and involvement of women in agriculture are significant, their ownership goes unmarked.

"With land revenue being a state subject, the states will have to amend the Revenue Act and make it compulsory to ensure women in the household also be made owners of the agriculture land,” said Ashok Dalwai, additional secretary, agriculture ministry. 

In order to encourage and support women involvement, the Government has allocated more than 30% of funds for women under various major schemes.  

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