The DDA recently had a pre-bid conference in their ITO office, where they had invited prospective land pooling agencies to understand the key elements of the assignments, and the commercial aspects of it.
It was chaired by the Senior Directors from the planning team, who briefed everyone on the intent of the appointment, as well as the key capabilities that they are looking for in the candidates.
DDA in it’s bid document had observed that almost 50-60% of the land is still with the farmers, and that they are not fully aware of the policies. In order to ensure success for the land pooling policy, there is a need to educate the farmers on the various positive aspects of the policy.
These empowered agencies are expected to assist DDA in reaching out to the villagers, hold education camps in their respective villages, where DDA officials would go and interact with he farmers & hand over literature on the benefits.
The agencies would also be trained to assist the land owner in filing the necessary documents with the DDA.
DDA clarified that the farmers can directly approach DDA and don’t have to come mandatorily through the agencies. However, the local agencies can be facilitators for documentation & education, and any financial arrangement would be between the farmer & agency. DDA only interest would be that proper land pool documents are submitted.
This looks like another positive step forward.