Landless people’s access to Khas land in Bangladesh: Challenges and recommendations
Md Rahmat Sarker, Shoud Bin Alam, Amina Sarwar
Land constitutes a key source of livelihood and employment all over the world as a large proportion of the population is involved and depends on agriculture or fisheries as a living. Whereas land is closely interlinked with food security, nevertheless many households are landless or have limited access to land. In Bangladesh a large part of population is landless. Access to khas land refers to the ability to use khas land. The government of Bangladesh has taken various steps in different times to distribute khas land among landless people for reducing the poverty. Proper distribution of khas land among poor and landlessness is time need as it will ensure access to khas land for landlessness. It empowers poor and landless people, strengthens networks that give them a voice and contributes to a more participatory in economic development of Bangladesh. But access to khas land by landlessness in Bangladesh is yet to ensure for many reasons. The government policies of redistribution of khas land are not being executed properly. A proper access to khas land will also to prevent and reduce the crime. This study will basically focus the history of khas lands and present scenario of them in Bangladesh. It will also discuss in-depth the major obstacles of access to khas lands by landlessness. The author at last will provide some recommendations which will help government, government agencies, lawyers and scholars to meet challenges.