AsunciÃ³n, Nov 23 (EFE) .- The Government of Paraguay today presented to the main peasant organizations a draft law that seeks to grant public lands to people grouped in the sector of poverty and extreme poverty.
"It is not a subsidy, it is a free transfer of public land to peasant families, in perpetuity, which ensures that it can not be sell, "said Justo CÃ¡rdenas, head of the National Institute of Rural Development and Land (Indert).
Paraguay is one of the countries in the world with the greatest inequality in the land ownership, where less than 3% of the population owns about 85% of the land, according to the NGO Oxfam.
CÃ¡rdenas added, through a statement from Indert, that the project "It constitutes a turning point in the history of the country, especially because it has a comprehensive approach to development to overcome poverty and extreme poverty."
He also recognized that the initiative is imperious since the sector to which it will be directed has not benefited from the economic growth of the country.
"There was macroeconomic growth, but it did not reach to vulnerable families to overcome poverty, despite the successive governments of different sectors that passed, "he said.
CÃ¡rdenas explained that the preliminary draft plans to incorporate points such as access to social housing, access to credit and technical assistance for productivity.
The initiative, which takes into account regulations and experiences of countries such as Colombia, Brazil and Uruguay, was presented before representatives of the Paraguayan Campesino Movement, the Coordinator of Rural and Urban Workers, of the Central of Peasant Organizations and Indigenous people and the National Peasant Federation.