“Land Laws, Land Acquisition, and Scheduled Areas in India”.

CPR Land Rights Initiative 
Dear all,
Thanks to all those who participated in our Fourth Annual Conference on “Land Laws, Land Acquisition, and Scheduled Areas in India”. To those, who couldn’t make it to the conference, we will be sharing with you recordings of the conference proceedings in the near future. We are grateful to all of you for your continued support for and encouragement of our work. 
Please find listed below some highlights from the conference. 
A. Launch of CPR Land Rights Initiative Report
The conference featured the launch of the CPR Land Rights Initiative Report on “The Legal Regime and Political Economy of Land Rights of Scheduled Tribes in the Scheduled Areas of India”. In addition, the conference featured presentation of findings from two of our ongoing research projects on “Land Acquisition Disputes in India” and “Mapping Land Legislation in India”. These presentations included findings from our previous Report on “Land Acquisition in India: A Review of Supreme Court cases from 1950 to 2016”, which was launched at our Third Annual Conference on “Land Rights, Land Acquisition, and Inclusive Development in India” in 2017. The conference and the CPR LRI Reports and findings were extensively covered by print and television media. 
B. Newspaper coverage of CPR Land Rights Initiative Conference, Projects and Reports 
1. Land Acquisition Disputes
Dr. Namita Wahi was interviewed by Live Law, a legal news portal, in which she spoke about the recent controversy in the Supreme Court with respect to the interpretation of Section 24 of the Right to Fair Compensation, and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act, 2013.
2. Land Laws Database
The Sunday Guardian in a piece titled “Database for land laws being created” reported findings from the CPR LRI  “Land laws” database of 556 laws from seven states of India, including, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, and Telangana.
3. Land Rights in the Scheduled Areas 
The Wire in a piece titled, “Scheduled Areas may be generating mineral wealth, but it’s not going to STs” reported extensively from the CPR LRI Report on why despite constitutional protections, the STs remain the most vulnerable and impoverished groups in India.
C. TV coverage of CPR Land Rights Initiative Work
1. In a Lok Sabha Television Show called  ‘अस्तित्व: देश का बढ़ता भू संघर्ष’, Dr. Namita Wahi shared findings from CPR Land Rights Initiative reports and ongoing research on the reasons for extensive and growing conflict over land in India. 
2. Go News reported on findings from the CPR LRI “Scheduled Areas” report as well as the “Land Laws” database, and “Land Acquisition” report.
We will be in touch soon with the recordings of the conference proceedings. In the meantime, you can follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages .
As always, we look forward to your feedback and continued support. 
Best wishes,
CPR Land Rights Initiative Team 

Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri | New Delhi 110021

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