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An immense country in population and land size, land governance in India was significantly affected by the transition from a socialist to a market economy since the 1980s. There is complexity both due to the high number of laws relating to land, harking from colonial times to the present, and the sharing of responsibilities between several departments at national and sub-national tiers of government, thereby creating overlapping jurisdictions. Despite legal evolution through The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RFCTLARR) Act, enacted in 2013, land disputes continue to clog up Indian courts at all levels, in particular concerning compensation levels.
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A motorist navigates his way through a crack on a road in Joshimath, India

Sinking land forces hundreds to leave Indian temple town

7 January 2023

Authorities in an Indian Himalayan town have stopped construction activities and started moving hundreds of people to temporary shelters after a temple collapsed and cracks appeared in over 600 houses because of sinking of land, officials said Saturday.

Grasslands interspersed with pockets of montane Shola forests in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

[Explainer] Wastelands or grasslands? India’s history with defining open ecosystems

6 December 2022

Nearly 70% of the areas which are open natural ecosystems in India overlap with those which the government calls wastelands.

The pandemic triggered the aspiration among NRI’s to own a home back in India

What makes NRIs rush to own a piece of land in their home country?

28 November 2022

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing number of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are investing in real estate properties in India.



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Women's Land Rights in Cameroon

To protect women and uproot patriarchy means confronting the links between land and gender-based violence

6 December 2022

Multiple studies indicate that secure rights to land and other property can protect women from experiencing domestic violence by strengthening their position within their families or by providing women with a stronger ability to exit abusive relationships.

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Webinar on Building an Information Ecosystem in India

Webinar: Building a Land Information Ecosystem in India

Join us for a webinar: Building a Land Information Ecosystem in India Date: Thursday, February 20th, 2020 Time: 14:00-15:30 / 9:00-10:30 CET   Join us for a webinar co-hosted by the Center for Policy Research (CPR), the Land Portal Foundation, the NRMC Center for Land Governance, Omidyar Network…