Co authored by SET (SAFP, EqualSaree and TAAL) with support from Swiss Aid,
Compiled by Shivani Bhardwaj edited by Sunita Gupta Kotnala
The draft land policy talks about rural land use plan that should be made with gender equal resource distribution. This can be done by planning livelihoods for different communities in an alternate way with the involvement of local and district authorities to make a gender equal village plan. Dalit and tribal community marginalization can be addressed through a village development plan component funded by the Schedule Caste Plan and The Tribal Development Plan funds to demonstrate inclusion mentioned in the 12th plan document. The district office should then include the implementation of the gender equal village plan in the monthly action taken report. This report provides a framework of what can be done and planned as projects in the village punchayat as next steps. Specific Natural Resource Management (NRM) and livelihood projects need input from the framework suggested in this feasibility report. The detail projects that have social forestry, fodder planting and vegetable and fruit patch with buildings and water conservation design that will get SET to the next level of work in time will also set the pattern of group approach to land mentioned in the draft land policy. Additionally agriculture based work will need to be planned with clear indicators on how women resource increase can be planned and monitored at the village level for the two different communities.This task should be done along with women groups, small and marginal farmers and entrepreneurs in the district as part of village punchayat plan and district gender, tribal using allocation from schedule caste plan, tribal sub plan, and other livelihood and NRM schemes.
National Commission for Women supported SAFP to know what resource base women have in three pockets in Delhi and what they aspire for. The study revealed that women aspire for resource rights but would not ask from their families. The government thus must come forward with opportunities to create gender equality from outside the family resources.