National Conference on “Land Governance in North Eastern States”

The National Conference on “Land Governance in North Eastern States” concluded recently in Guwahati. With a primary focus on digitizing and modernizing land records, the conference served as a vital platform for discussions on land governance. Co-organized by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and the Department of Land Resources, the conference aimed to highlight the significance of land records development for overall progress. Let’s explore the details of this conference and its key deliberations.

Focused Discussions and Topics

The conference agenda covered a diverse range of topics related to the modernization of land records. Engaging discussions took place on subjects such as current state practices and advancements in land records management, the assessment framework for land governance, customary and indigenous laws, as well as the vital role played by the Survey of India in the modernization process. These sessions fostered a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in digitizing land records.

Identifying Gaps in Digitization Efforts

While significant progress has been made in computerizing and digitizing land records in many regions of Assam, the National Conference shed light on existing gaps within the Bodoland Territorial Council, Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council, and Dima Hasao Autonomous District Council. Steps are being taken to finalize the Bodoland Land Policy, address the need for survey and settlement in Karbi Anglong, and conduct surveys of non-cadastral areas in Dima Hasao.

Initiatives by Autonomous District Councils

During the conference, various Autonomous District Councils showcased their unique land governance practices. The Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous Council, Lai Autonomous District Council, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council presented their respective approaches, focusing on aspects such as customary laws, community ownership of land, and the issuance of Annual Pattas



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