Reducing rural poverty


M.H. Panhwar


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There is thinking among some circles and aid-agencies that rural poverty can be reduced by getting tenant-farmers (Haris) security in matters of tenancy act and its enforcement or amendments in the existing acts or enacting new ones to improve his lot. Whatever be the merits of the case, one important factor is always ignored, that though Hari feels secure as tenant on the land, but financially his income is less than that of paid farm labour, in terms of his inputs as man-days or months. The guarantees under the act can only apply if there is chronic un-employment, as then he is better of than idea labourer employed causally. The other things which can help in reduction of rural poverty are:

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