Conference on 'Land rights, Land Acquisition, and Inclusive Development in India'

Conference on 'Land rights, Land Acquisition, and Inclusive Development in India'
Thursday, 2 March 2017 to Friday, 3 March 2017 Add to Calendar 2017-03-02 09:30:00 2017-03-03 17:00:00 Asia/Kolkata Conference on 'Land rights, Land Acquisition, and Inclusive Development in India' India faces serious challenges in creating development processes that generate economic growth while being socially inclusive, ecologically sustainable, politically feasible, and in accordance with the Rule of Law. Equitable and efficient acquisition of land by the state for economic development projects, including infrastructure and industry, lies at the heart of these challenges. Simultaneously, securing constitutionally guaranteed land rights to the poorest and most vulnerable communities in India, especially the Scheduled Tribes, against the state and other dominant communities, has been considered crucial to their economic and social empowerment. Land is not only an important economic resource and source of livelihoods, it is also central to community identity, history and culture. Unsurprisingly then, throughout India, dispute over state acquisition of land by the state that deprives people of their land rights spans various dimensions of economic, social, and political life. How do we mitigate this conflict? The conference will feature the launch of the CPR Land Rights Initiative report on “Land Acquisition in India: A Review of Supreme Court cases from 1950-2016”, that attempts some preliminary answers to this question. Despite its persistent and polarising nature, the debate on land acquisition has been marked by a lack of systematic and comprehensive data in support of particular positions. Existing studies on land acquisition have tended to focus on particular issues, like compensation, or on particular conflicts, or have been otherwise limited in terms of geography and time. The CPR Land Rights Initiative Report is the first comprehensive country wide study of land acquisition disputes since India's independence. The Report analyses these disputes along various metrics, such as public purpose, procedure for acquisition, compensation, invocation of the urgency clause, pendency of claims, and tracks trends with respect to distribution of disputes across geography and time, and central and state laws. The Report findings will be discussed and debated by stakeholder representatives, including the government, lawyers, international development agencies and civil society groups, as well as expert researchers from the fields of law, economics, sociology and political science. Our previous seminar showcasing the first phase of this research can be accessed here.  The conference will also feature findings from an ongoing CPR and CMI research collaboration on “Land Rights and Inclusive Development in the Scheduled Areas”, that will describe the political economy of land rights in areas governed by the Fift... Conference Room II, India International Centre
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Conference Room II, India International Centre
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India faces serious challenges in creating development processes that generate economic growth while being socially inclusive, ecologically sustainable, politically feasible, and in accordance with the Rule of Law. Equitable and efficient acquisition of land by the state for economic development projects, including infrastructure and industry, lies at the heart of these challenges. Simultaneously, securing constitutionally guaranteed land rights to the poorest and most vulnerable communities in India, especially the Scheduled Tribes, against the state and other dominant communities, has been considered crucial to their economic and social empowerment. Land is not only an important economic resource and source of livelihoods, it is also central to community identity, history and culture. Unsurprisingly then, throughout India, dispute over state acquisition of land by the state that deprives people of their land rights spans various dimensions of economic, social, and political life. How do we mitigate this conflict?

The conference will feature the launch of the CPR Land Rights Initiative report on “Land Acquisition in India: A Review of Supreme Court cases from 1950-2016”, that attempts some preliminary answers to this question. Despite its persistent and polarising nature, the debate on land acquisition has been marked by a lack of systematic and comprehensive data in support of particular positions. Existing studies on land acquisition have tended to focus on particular issues, like compensation, or on particular conflicts, or have been otherwise limited in terms of geography and time. The CPR Land Rights Initiative Report is the first comprehensive country wide study of land acquisition disputes since India's independence. The Report analyses these disputes along various metrics, such as public purpose, procedure for acquisition, compensation, invocation of the urgency clause, pendency of claims, and tracks trends with respect to distribution of disputes across geography and time, and central and state laws. The Report findings will be discussed and debated by stakeholder representatives, including the government, lawyers, international development agencies and civil society groups, as well as expert researchers from the fields of law, economics, sociology and political science. Our previous seminar showcasing the first phase of this research can be accessed here. 

The conference will also feature findings from an ongoing CPR and CMI research collaboration on “Land Rights and Inclusive Development in the Scheduled Areas”, that will describe the political economy of land rights in areas governed by the Fifth and Sixth Schedules of the Constitution, with particular focus on the states of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Meghalaya. Representatives of community groups and civil society organisations will comment on these findings and highlight challenges, both individual and representative, faced by tribal populations in these four states. 

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The report can be accessed here.

Proposed Agenda

2 MARCH 2017

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Registration and Tea

 

10:00 to 10:05 a.m.

Welcome Note

Pratap Bhanu Mehta
President, CPR

10:05 to 10:50 a.m.

Presentation

Land Acquisition in India : An overview
of Supreme Court cases (1950 – 2016)

Namita Wahi
Fellow, CPR
Director, CPR Land Rights Initiative

Ankit Bhatia
Research Associate,
Centre for Policy Research

10:50 to 11:00 a.m.

Tea Break

 

11:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Understanding Land Acquisition
Litigation in India: Stakeholders’ perspectives

Chair: Pratap Bhanu Mehta
President, CPR

KP Krishnan
Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Usha Ramanathan
Independent Law Researcher

Kanchi Kohli
CPR-Namati EJ Program

Gopal Sankaranarayan
Advocate, Supreme Court

Sagar Rabari
Jamin Adhikar Aandolan Gujarat

1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

 

1:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Land Acquisition in India :

Views from states

Chair: Usha Ramanathan
Independent Law Researcher

Deepak Sanan
Former, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh

Abha Joshi
Senior Lawyer

Ram Singh
Professor, Delhi School of Economics

Kumar Sambhav
Coordinator, Land Conflict Watch

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Tea Break

 

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Political Economy of Land Rights in the
Scheduled Areas of India: Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh and Meghalaya

 

3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel Discussion

Chair: Deepak Sanan
Former, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh

Namita Wahi
Fellow, CPR
Director, CPR Land Rights Initiative

Ankit Bhatia
Research Associate, CPR

Ravi Rebbapragada
Executive Director, Samata

Nandini Sundar
Professor, Delhi School of Economics

Ambrish Mehta
Trustee, ARCH- Vahini

Walter Fernandes
Senior Fellow

North Eastern Social Research Centre

3 MARCH 2017

 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Welcome Tea

 

10:00 to 12:30 a.m.

Federalism and the Fifth and  Sixth Schedules to
the Constitution: Unique and Common Challenges in
Meghalaya, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat

 

10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Presentation

Kavita Navlani Soreide
Post-Doctoral Researcher, CMI

10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Chair: Walter Fernandes
Senior Fellow
North Eastern Social Research Centre

Patricia Mukhim
Editor, Shillong Times

VNVK Sastry
Social Anthropologist and Senior Consultant

Ambrish Mehta
Trustee, ARCH- Vahini

Sagar Rabari
Jamin Adhikar Aandolan Gujarat

12:30 to 1:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

 

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Internal discussion

 

Session 1: Presentation on Land Acquisition in India: An overview of Supreme Court cases (1950 – 2016):
Session 2: Panel Discussion: Understanding Land Acquisition Litigation in India: Stakeholders’ Perspectives:
Session 3: Panel Discussion: Land Acquisition in India: Views from states:
Session 4: Presentation: The Political Economy of Land Rights in the Scheduled Areas of India:
Session 5: Panel Discussion: The Political Economy of Land Rights in the Scheduled Areas of India:
Session 6: Presentation: Federalism and the Fifth and Sixth Schedules to the Constitution:
Session 7: Panel Discussion: Federalism and the Fifth and Sixth Schedules to the Constitution: