According to the Socio-Economic and Caste Census, 2011- there are 24.49 crore households in India, of which 17.97
crore live in villages. Of the ones who live in the villages, 10.74 crore are considered as deprived- 5.37 crore
(29.97%) households in rural areas are "landless deriving a major part of their income from manual labour". In
2006, Jan Sahas launched the Land and Property Rights Program in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh state to
support people belonging to the marginalized communities in raising concerns against illegal encroachment of their
land. Due to the prevalence and critical nature of the issue, the campaign was soon replicated in other districts
and extended it to other states. Currently, the Land and Property Rights (LPR) program is active in the state of
Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.
We believe that access and control over land by the population at large, especially for the marginalized communities can be used as a pathway to create solutions for various problems faced by them and help them become more independent, secure, and self-reliant.
Till now we have extended our support in 4,032 villages of 20 districts, benefitting 2,54,278 landless and vulnerable families. We are also strengthening the system of administration through different interactive models to improve access to services and schemes to the most vulnerable sections of society. Along with this, we are interlinking different departments and organizations like legal aid services, revenue, forest department, and SHG groups of SRLM/NRLM so that they can create strong and transparent structures for the benefit of women and the marginalized groups.