This blog analyses a Land administrative innovation - Land Pooling Policy which is being used an alternate approach to land acquistion in urban development context. It argues that how this has become a land grabbing instrument by private players through public private partnership, bypassing urbanisation with newer legal mechanisms shaped in corporate interest to assembling land and developing physical and social infrastructure.
Pranab is a practicing researcher and consultant in the areas of natural resources management and governance with about two decades of experience. He has worked on inter-disciplinary issues around forest, land, water and livelihoods in most states of India and also in Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand. A post-graduate in Forestry, Pranab has earlier worked as a Scientist with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) for about 8 years. Since last decade, he has been working with communities, NGOs, Donors, Research Institutions, Government and International Organizations in South Asia, in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating Rural and Tribal Development interventions and programs.
He has coordinated implementation of LGAF for World Bank in India and has carried out studies on women land rights, forest rights and land governance with international agencies. His present works and interests include community-based/ participatory GIS mapping, customary tenures, community rights, women land rights and responsible investments. He has founded and coordinates NRMC Center for land Governance (http://nrmc.co/index.php/what-we-do/centerforlandgovernance) a think tank attempting inclusive and informed dialogue around land governance in India for shared prosperity. Apart from conducting research and piloting innovative actions, CLG also organizes Annual India Land and development Conference (https://centerforland.org/ildc-2020/), a first of kind initiative to bring together land actors across states and sectors to have inclusive conversation. CLG as a partner of Land Portal Foundation in India, promote open access to land information.
Pranab is actively associated with many professional and civil society networks, and Universities and has widely travelled. He has published /presented more than 60 papers/ abstracts in peer reviewed Journals and International & National Conferences and authored 3 books (htt https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pranab_Choudhury2). He is a recipient of Vasant Rao Naik Award for Research Application in Agriculture in 2002 hosted by ICAR. He is also a Non-Government Expert (Forestry) in the National Executive Council of Green India Mission, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.