Shri Aditya Nath Yogi, Chief Minister


Vice Chairman

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Land is an essential pre-requisite both for primary production system as well as for meeting social priorities and therefore, must be available in adequate extent and desired quality. Similarly, Water is also a critical input and its  availability should be assured.    Per capita availability of these two resources is declining due to various reasons. Successful development planning for future will now depend on scientific land use planning with specific consideration to maintaining and improving the interrelationship between land and water cycles.  In developing countries like India, problems of soil erosion and land degradation are intimately associated with land husbandry as well as growth promoting developmental activities.  It is, therefore, necessary to ensure generation of sustainable livelihood in terms of food and income through proper maintenance and enhancement of the productivity of the resource base on a long term basis.

The concern of development planning is not only to manage land surface and soil profile for better nutrient supply to the plants and more beneficial distribution of limited water source but also to ensure Sustainable Livelihood Security (SLS).  Livelihood is defined as adequate stock and flows of food and income to meet the basic needs while the term ‘sustainable’ refers to maintenance or enhancement of productivity of the resources based on longterm basis.  Therefore, secured resources and adequate livelihood are pre-requisites for good husbandry and sustainable management of the natural resources base of land, water and vegetation.

In 1974, the then Prime Minister looked  into the serious problem of soil erosion and land degradation in the context of growth and development of the country and summed up the  problems as followis:

“We can no longer afford to neglect our most important natural resources. This is not simply an environmental problem but one which is basic to the future of the country. The stark question before us is whether our soil will be productive enough to sustain a population of one billion by the end of century at higher standards of living than now prevail. We must have long term plans to meet this contingency”.

It  was however, recognised that land is a State subject and no programme of proper land use will succeed without the active participation and spontaneous support of the State Governments as well as the people. The Ministry of Agriculture, therefore, addressed the StateGovernments in 1974 for setting up State Land Use Boards  (SLUBs) as an Apex Body under the Chairmanship of the State Chief Minister to provide policy direction, ensure close coordination among various Departments and also to achieve integrated planning for optimum use of available land resources.

In order to meet these challenges, SLUBs came into existence since 1974 and considerable efforts have been made both by the Union Government and the States in terms of structuring, objectives, functions and activities to make then effective.  They, infact, started functioning only after 1987-88 when GOI started central Sector Scheme of “Strengthening of State Land Use Boards”.

U.P. State Land Use Board (SLUB) is the Apex Body under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister at the State level not only to provide policy direction and coordination to all the concerned departments and agencies but also to ensure follow up action emerging from the National Land Use Policy and the deliberations of the National bodies such as National Land Use and Wasteland Development Council (NLWC), NLCB & NWDB.

U.P. SLUB has a clear charter of its main objective and functions.  This envisages assessment of land resources, providing direction for policy planning, coordination, taking an over-view and assigning interse priorities for land use changes, particularly diversion of good agricultural lands, development of wastelands and marginal lands for alternate uses and promoting integrated scientific planning. The Board also reviews programme implementation, promotes building of the data base and utilise the same for integrated and perspective planning. And to conserve and manage land resources the Board also plays an effective role by planned and systematic awareness programme.