Thank you for the fantastic turnout at and engaged participation in our conference on “Land Rights, Land Acquisition and Inclusive Development in India” organised by the Centre for Policy Land Rights Initiative in collaboration with the Centre on Law and Social Transformation on March 2 and 3. We are deeply grateful to the conference panelists and participants for insightful deliberations on issues pertaining to our “Land Acquisition” and “Land rights in the Scheduled Areas” projects.
The conference featured the launch of the CPR Land Rights Initiative Report on “Land Acquisition in India: A Review of Supreme Court cases from 1950 to 2016“. 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 before the Supreme Court since India became a republic. The Report analyses these disputes along various metrics, such as public purpose, procedure for acquisition, compensation, pendency of claims, and tracks trends with respect to distribution of disputes across geography and time, and central and state laws. The Report also analyses litigation under the newly enacted Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 from the time the Act came into force on January 1, 2014 till December 31, 2016.