“A Property Rights Revolution is Taking Root in Gujarat”

“A Property Rights Revolution is Taking Root in Gujarat”

Last month Ken Schoolland, a long time friend of the Liberty Institute, professor of economics and political science at Hawaii Pacific University, and president of the International Society for Individual Liberty visited Gujarat and attended some of our workshops. Ken was really invigorated about what LI and ARCH are trying to accomplish here in Gujarat and has written up a full report about his visit. A property rights revolution is taking root in Gujarat, India, that is spreading across rural India, securing land title for hundreds of thousands of farmers. The evidence of success is so strong that this movement is expected to spread to 900 million plots of land in India and millions more across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. ernando de Soto has called international attention to the lack of property rights in developing nations, resulting in the single greatest deterrent to economic development. But recognizing this isn’t enough. “De Soto’s approach to making change has had limited success so far,” remarks Barun Mitra, President of the Liberty Institute in New Delhi. “De Soto has written books,” says Mitra, “spoken at lofty forums, advised heads of state, suggested ways of changing the law to recognize the property rights of the millions of poor. But this approach has invariably run into opposition by powerful sections of society who have so far benefited from the prevailing lack of clear titles.” Frustrated by the lack of impact from academic conferences, Barun has decided that a real and practical demonstration of establishing property title among the vast population of rural farmers is the only way to prove the value of these...
Jharsuguda Training Workshop

Jharsuguda Training Workshop

Forest Rights Act Training Workshop Organised by Lokmukti Sangathan, Jharsuguda, ARCH Vahini, Gujarat & Liberty Institute, New Delhi In partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation  24th to 25th January 2014 CASA Resources Center, Jharsuguda, Odisha DAY DATE TIME PROGRAMME DAY 1 24 Jan 2014 11 am to 11.30 am Inauguration and Introduction 11.30 am to 12.30 pm Forest right act Implementation and  challenges – sharing experiences 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm Right to Property in the Indian Constitution and significance of FRA 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3 pm Experience of ARCH in Gujarat 3 to 4 pm Role of GPS/GIS in FRA 4 to 5 pm Practical operation of GPS 5 pm to 6 pm Break 6 pm to 7 pm Group Discussion 8.00 pm Dinner DAY 2 25 Jan 2014 9 am to 1.30 pm Field visit – mapping of community forest  resources and individual plots by GPS at Patrapali village 1.30 to 2.30 pm Lunch break 2.30 to 3.30 pm Preparation of maps by GPS 3.30 to 4.30 pm Nature of evidence and documentation for FRA 4.30 to 5.30 pm Future plan of action 5.30 to 6 pm Conclusion and vote of thanks   Workshop venue: CASA  Resources Center At- Maherpada  (Nea Black Dimond Engineering College), Dist-Jharsuguda (Odisha) Contact person: Santi  Das (Center In-Charge), Tel. 06645-214187(O), Mobile: 08763354402 CASA Resources Center is  6 K.M. distance from Jharsuguda Railway station and 5 K.M. from Bus stand. Mode of transport available, Auto or  Taxi ( Black Diamond Engineering college is well known landmark) auto fair Rs 100. Workshop Coordinator: Shri Ananta  (Lokmukti Sangathan, Jharsuguda) Mobile:...
Sagai Village Workshop

Sagai Village Workshop

Property Rights Workshop Assessing the implementation of Forest Rights Act Organised by ARCH & Liberty Institute in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation  Venue Sagai Village, Narmada district, Gujarat Date: 12 January 2014 Programme Schedule: 10 am: Meeting with village elders on the status of implementation of FRA 11 am to 2 pm: Forest Rights Act Introduction – Trupti Parekh Overview of FRA – Ambrish Mehta Key note address on significance of property rights by Prof Ken Schoolland Participative role of communities in improving implementation – Barun Mitra Post rights scenario – Sharing of experiences by village leaders, moderated by Ambrish Mehta 2.30 to 4 pm: Field visit to the Sagai village, to visit the community forest rights resources, and assess the management plan prepared by the village committee   Resource Persons: Prof Ken Schoolland, Hawaii Pacific University, USA Mr Ambrish Mehta, ARCH Gujarat Ms Trupti Parekh, ARCH Gujarat Mr Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, New Delhi Liberty Institute, New Delhi Tel: 011-28031209. Email:...
GPS Training Workshop in Ambikapur

GPS Training Workshop in Ambikapur

District Sarguja, Chattisgarh Dec 2-4, 2013 Organised by PACS Summary observations by Ambrish Mehta  and Barun Mitra Participants from about a dozen districts attended the workshop organised by PACS and its partner organisations in Chattisgarh. Over thirty people, mostly from civil society activists and community leaders participated in this three day workshop. PACS invited Ambrish Mehta of ARCH, Gujarat and Barun Mitra of Liberty Institute, New Delhi to participate in this workshop, and provide inputs on the use of GPS technology in mapping and documenting claims for forest rights. Based on the discussions at workshop, and the field visit to Jajga village about 40 km south of Ambikapur, here are some key take away points from this workshop. Chattisgarh has a relatively high number of claims filed by people (over 7.5 lakhs), and the government too has approved high number of such claims (over 3 lakhs). But the overall rate of rejection is greater more than 50 percent. Also there is a widespread complaint that much less area has been approved than that is actually cultivated by the families. There is one more issue that seems to be peculiar to Chattisgarh (and also may be MP). The state government seems to have given titles under FRA, mostly for those lands that are falling in the so called ‘Orange Areas’. These are the lands over which Nistrar rights of the local villagers were already recognized earlier and the lands were kept out of the forest compartments and transferred to the Revenue department. But there was ongoing dispute between the Forest and the Revenue departments with regard to the control of...
Sep 21-22 Workshop on Forest Rights Act — Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Sep 21-22 Workshop on Forest Rights Act — Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Workshop on Forest Rights Act Strengthening the Gram Sabha www.RighttoProperty.org 21-22 September2013 Patmada , East Singhbhum, Jharkhand Organised by ARCH Vahini & Liberty Institute with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom 21 September 2013 • 10 am -12.30 pm: Field visit and demonstration of use of GPS at Sootriuli Dangar village, near Jamshedpur • 3 pm – 4 pm: Introduction and demonstration of www.RighttoProperty.org • 4 pm – 5 pm: Essentials of FRA, and the challenges • 6 pm – 8pm: Sharing of Experience regarding implementation of FRA 22 September 2013 • 9.30 am- 12 noon: Role of Gram Sabha in FRA • 2 pm – 4 pm: Strengthening the Gram Sabha • 4 pm – 5 pm: Conclusion Contact details: Coordinator: Arvind Anjum, Jamshedpur Mobile: +91-94311 13667 Email: arvindanjum5@gmail.com ARCH Vahini, Baroda Email: m_ambrish@hotmail.com Website: www.archgujarat.org Liberty Institute, New Delhi Email: info@righttoproperty.org , barun@libertyinstitute.org.in, Tel: +91-11-28031309 Websites: www.InDefenceofLiberty.org | www.EmpoweringIndia.org |...
Sep 16-17 Gaya, Bihar – Workshop on Land Rights under the Forest Rights Act

Sep 16-17 Gaya, Bihar – Workshop on Land Rights under the Forest Rights Act

Property Rights For the Poor and the Forest Right Act 16 & 17 September, 2013 at Jeevan Sangham, Bodhgaya, Bihar Workshop organised by ARCH Vahini, Gujarat; Janmukti Vimarsh, Bihar & Liberty Institute, New Delhi with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Tentative Program: 16 September 2013 10.30 – 11.30 am: Inaugural Session Welcome by C. A. Priyadarshi & Banarsi Alam Inaugural Comments by Barun Mitra & Trupti Parekh 11.45 am – 2.00 pm: Session I Land Rights and Property Rights (What is the Meaning) for the Poor 2 pm to 3 pm: Lunch 4 pm to 6.30pm: Session II Land Rights and Property Rights to the poor: Understanding the issues and future course of action Concluding Remarks by Ambrish Mehta 7 pm – 9pm: Session III Cultural Programme by Banarsi & Team 17 September 2013 9.00am to 12 noon: Session IV Forest Right Act: The challenges and way ahead Presentations by A. Mehta, Manoj Kumar Babulal, Albela, KailashBharti, and Trupti Mehta Round Table Discussion 1 pm – 2 pm: Lunch 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm: Session V Demonstration of technique: Claim process of the forest right (Venue village Somia-Kevalia). Solidarity address: the village representatives share their experiences Vote of thanks: Kailash Bharti, President, Mazdoor Kisan samiti Contact Persons: Janmukti Vimarsh: Priyadarshi Ashok 09431077343, Ms. Poonam 09334269794, Kailash Bharti 09939376968, Jeevan Sangham 09431051659 ARCH Vahini, Baroda Email: m_ambrish@hotmail.com Website: www.archgujarat.org Liberty Institute, New Delhi Email: info@righttoproperty.org , barun@libertyinstitute.org.in, Tel: +91-11-28031309 Websites: www.InDefenceofLiberty.org | www.EmpoweringIndia.org |...