Rural India is witnessing a reduction in the percentage of landless households, which has come down to 7.41 per cent in 2013, as per a recent NSSO study.
However, the proportion of such families in increasing in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Uttarakhand. the study added.
According to the study, Kerala witnessed a double increase in percentage of landless households in the last decade. The proportion of landless families in the state rose to 9.85 per cent in 2013 from 4.8 per cent in 2003.
Similarly, in Uttarakhand the proportion of landless families increased to 20.77 per cent in 2013 from 10.64 per cent a decade ago. In Andhra Pradesh, the percentage of such families was 15.93 per cent in 2013 compared to 14.33 per cent in 2003.
In West Bengal, also, the proportion of such families also marginally increased to 6.55 per cent in 2013 from 6.15 per cent in 2003.
The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) conducted a nation-wide survey on ‘Land and Livestock Holdings’ in its 70th round (January 2013-December 2013) in rural India.
This report is based on the Land and Livestock Holdings Survey (LHS) conducted in the 70th round of NSS during January 2013 to December 2013. The survey was conducted only in the rural areas of the country. The survey covered 4,529 sample villages.
The objective of the survey was to collect information on different aspects of land use and livestock holdings, and develop suitable indicators and critical inputs as may be useful for planning and policy formulation.