Property Laws and Property Practices in India

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Land and property has been governed by the Indian state in rather conflicting ways in the past. While the first amendments to the Indian Constitution were purportedly to enable the State to redistribute land more equitably, this was followed by land acquisition that displaced Adivasis, Dalits and other vulnerable groups for developmental projects.
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Property Laws and Property Practices in India

SVAMITVA: A Socio-Legal Analysis

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The Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas (SVAMITVA), is a Central Government scheme, currently underway in 6 Indian states to provide property rights to rural homeowners residing in Abadi areas, set aside by gram panchayats for residential purposes.
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SVAMITVA: A Socio-Legal Analysis

Land of a Billion S.2 Ep. 10: How Climate Change Can be Fought With Secure Property Rights

How Climate Change Can be Fought With Secure Property Rights In our final episode of Season 2, we talk about...
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Why PMAY-U fails to address India’s intrinsic housing problems

At a recent event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave away keys to seventy five thousand beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana — Urban (PMAY-U) in Uttar Pradesh. Though it is a welcome and much needed move, the overall pace of delivery under PMAY-U has been rather slow. As of October 11, 2021, just around 50% of the 114 lakh sanctioned houses have been completed. In the process, ₹97,000 crore has already been incurred. 

A Protest In West Bihar Shows How Un-surveyed Land Leaves Residents Vulnerable

On May 30, 2021, as India reeled under the second wave of the pandemic, a team of surveyors from Bihar’s revenue department landed up in the western town of Chhapra. At a street near the city municipality building, where the state government has proposed a new flyover, the officials measured the land where shops and homes would be demolished to make way for the construction.

How the Model Tenancy Act can benefit homeowners and tenants

As the Model Act has been circulated by the central government amongst the states, it is yet to be seen what changes are incorporated by the latter to suit the local context. While the Act is a much-needed reform for India’s housing sector, one hopes that states use this opportunity to unlock the economic value of vacant housing and increase access to good quality housing, for all demographics.

With design changes, Svamitva scheme can be a game changer

By providing a Record of Rights (RoRs) to village household owners in inhabited rural areas, it attempts to create accurate land and property records, which can be pivotal in reducing property-related disputes and facilitating monetisation of rural residential assets for credit and other financial services.

Gaining from SVAMITVA- Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas

The traditionally inhabited portions of rural India have largely remained unsurveyed—except for Odisha and Karnataka, to a certain degree—since colonial times.

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