Sharecropper legislation: ‘Delay as govt wants to protect interests of landlord, farmers’

Bhubaneswar: Reacting to allegations of shelving the sharecroppers’ legislation, Odisha Revenue Minister, Maheswar Mohanty said that there has been a delay because the State government wants to protect the interests of both landlords and sharecroppers.

“The law needs to be seriously reviewed to protect the interests of both landlords and sharecroppers. For this, the report of the sub-committee has not been finalized yet,” Mohanty said.

“The bill cannot become a law in its present form,” Mohanty stated.

When questioned about the time needed to pass the bill, Mohanty said, “Nothing can be said as of now.”

Earlier, expelled BJD leader Damodar Rout had alleged that it was due to VK Pandian, the private secretary of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, that the sharecroppers’ ordinance was put in cold storage.

“I was a member of the working committee on sharecropper legislation and a decision was taken to bring an ordinance in September 2017. But Ministers Maheswar Mohanty and Surya Narayan Patro relented stating that ‘Pandian Sir’ denied taking it forward.” Rout had alleged.