Kolkata: NITI Aayog’s additional secretary Yaduvendra Mathur said on Friday that the model Agricultural Land Leasing Act proposed by the Aayog, has not found the desired number of takers across the state governments in the country.According to him, a handful of states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have moved towards the model. Rajasthan, however, is yet to extend the scope of the act to farmers. “The model land lease law was circulated to the state governments in 2016. But very few states are moving towards the model. It is a state subject,” Mathur said on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Agricultural Land Leasing Act is aimed at better utilisation of assets along with improved credit flow to farmers. “We have written to Chief Secretaries of various states regarding this,” he added. It may be mentioned that the Niti Aayog had released the Model Agricultural Land Leasing Act, 2016, seeking to permit and facilitate leasing of agricultural land to improve access to land by the landless and marginal farmers. “The law should be strong. If any farmer wants to give his land on rent to neighbouring farmers or even his brothers, it should be allowed. In our country, it is not happening because we are not following a model land leasing law. Only yesterday, we wrote to Chief Secretaries of the states to take it up with the Chief Ministers and move towards the model land leasing law,” he maintained. He claimed that some of the states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana have amended the law. According to Mathur, a percentage of the CSR money allocated by corporates has to go deeper into the granular problems of health and education of the people around, since people are at the core of the planet. Only that can lead to holistic development, he feels.