Panel Moderator: Shubhagato Dasgupta
|16:00–16:05||Setting the Context|| Anindita Mukherjee
Senior Researcher, CPR
|16:05-16:10||Opening Remarks|| Shilpa Kumar
Partner, Omidyar Network India
|16:10-16:25||Keynote Address|| Dinesh Kapila
Economic Advisor, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (tbc)
|16:25-16:40||Formulation and Implementation of the Tamil Nadu Tenancy Law, 2017: Experience Sharing|| Jayaprakash Padmanaban
Partner, Fox Mandal and Associates, Chennai
|16:40-17:55|| Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Shubhagato Dasgupta, Senior Fellow, CPR
|17:55-18:00||Closing Remarks|| Shalmoli Halder
Analyst (Investments), Omidyar Network India
About the Policy Dialogue
About one-third of the urban population resides in rental accommodation in India, 75% of which is provided informally. Rental housing is often the only option for low-income migrant workers and more vulnerable populations in cities, as it provides them with much-needed flexibility for mobility and financial investments. However, over the years, there has been an increasing disparity in the supply and demand of rental housing in urban areas.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the gruesome hardships faced by the migrants and the urban poor, especially regarding access to safe and affordable rental housing. It brought the discourse around the need for the regulatory and legal framework for affordable rental housing to the forefront of India's housing policy. As the country charts its course for economic recovery from the pandemic, the recently approved Model Tenancy Act 2021 can potentially serve as an essential tool to provide inclusive rental housing to a large part of the urban population.
This policy dialogue aims to examine the provisions of the MTA, 2021 and discuss the implications of the new rental framework on various stakeholders across the States. Through this dialogue, we aim to initiate a discourse to deliberate upon the potential impediments towards effective implementation of the MTA and reflect on the potential solutions to address the same.
About Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI): Land, Planning and Housing (LPH)
The Land, Planning and Housing (LPH) initiative under the SCI-FI programme aims to deepen the understanding of the interrelated governance and sector-specific challenges in the land, housing and, planning in urban areas in India. The SCI-FI: LPH initiative envisages to inform multiple stakeholders, including the three tiers of the government, on demand-driven, sustainable, alternative, and scalable models for delivering and operationalizing housing, basic services, and property rights for the urban poor. The SCI-FI programme is nested at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) since 2013.
The Property Rights Research Consortium, funded by Omidyar Network India, brings together some of India's leading academic institutions and think-tanks such as the National Centre for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) and Finance Research Group among others to produce research on land and property rights in our country.