November 24, 2020



Data-Driven Research for Land Policy in India

November 24-26, 2020

(to take place as a virtual meeting, if physical meeting not possible)

The former Special Secretary, Department of Land Resources released India’s first Land Records and Services Index (N-LRSI), 2020, covering all States and Union Territories, under the aegis of the NCAER Land Policy Initiative (NLPI) at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) on February 27, 2020. The NCAER Land Team collected, collated, and authenticated extensive land record data from State websites to prepare the Index. The LRSI was also presented at the India Land Development Conference in New Delhi during March 6-8, 2020.  The video of the event can be viewed here.  The data underlying the LRSI is available from NCAER’s Land Portal (Click here). 

Along with N-LRSI, other available land-related data sources provide an opportunity for conducting rigorous empirical research into land records, quality of such records and implications. A few examples of such data sources besides N-LRSI, include surveys on rural credit, surveys on land holdings, land use/land cover/housing data from decadal population Census, district-wise land use statistics, digitisation of land records by Department of Land Resources. In addition to these official surveys, any other data sources available to the researchers may also be considered. At the workshop, we are interested in exploring N-LRSI data and other datasets to examine issues relating to policies relating to matters such as land markets, tenure and land use. 


At NCAER, we have started delving into the possibilities for research and dissemination from this data. We are also keen to engage with other enquiring minds in this endeavour. We would like to invite participation in this workshop by all those who would be interested in using the land related databases (as mentioned above) or have earlier carried out research into these areas. The Workshop will present an important opportunity to facilitate learning and an exchange of ideas and information among the participants. It may also address specific issues and emerging trends on land data. We are thus seeking submission of research papers/posters for the first NCAER Land Policy Initiative (LPI) Workshop. 

The NCAER LPI team welcomes submissions of abstracts for papers that can analyse and answer questions or test hypotheses based on the available databases on land, including those of the NLPI and other sources. All these submissions should strictly follow the guidelines, and all abstracts should be submitted as PDF and Microsoft word files. Some possible themes for the papers are mentioned below. However, scholars submitting their papers may also explore other interesting areas of research on the broad topic of the workshop. 

Key Themes for the Workshop

  1. Analysing different facets of the Record of Rights in Indian States; 
  2. Uncovering information on ownership, tenure rights, holding size, use and encumbrances relating to land record databases;
  3. Understanding cadastral maps in India, along with their use and limitations; 
  4. Land, and its intersection with poverty, gender, and economy;
  5. Approaches to land valuation, along with its limitations and possibilities;
  6. Extent of formal and informal land markets in the country. 
  7. Assessing the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on real estate market or land market/transactions in the country.

Registration for the Workshop 

All paper/poster presenters and participants must register for the workshop in advance. Details of registration will be available on the NCAER website on November 1, 2020. There is a possibility that with the prevailing uncertainty about the course of the Coronavirus pandemic in India, the workshop may be re-scheduled and accordingly all the presenters/participants will be informed in advance about these developments. 

For further queries, please contact Ms Anika Kapoor at akapoor@ncaer.org, or on 91-11-2345-2726; and Ms Sadhna Singh at ssingh1@ncaer.org or on 91-11-2345-2680.

About the NCAER Land Policy Initiative

The NCAER Land Policy Initiative (NLPI) was launched in April 2019 to build on NCAER’s prior analytical work on land, our 60-plus years of experience with data collection, and our long-standing relationship of trust with governments. The objectives of the NLPI are to: (1) raise official and citizen awareness of the distortions in India’s land markets and their cost to the economy; (2) produce and curate evidence and land data, and to suggest solutions and State rankings that can nudge States through competitive federalism to improve their land administration, records, and services; (3) pilot such solutions with States and evaluate them, where requested; and (4) help build a larger research community of analysts and experts on land issues in India. The start-up funding for the NCAER Land Policy Initiative has been provided by the Omidyar Network, India, through grant to NCAER.