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Localizing Digital Land Administration in Customary Tenure Regimes to Secure Individual Tenure : Intervention by RNBA in the Hills of Manipur (English)

Northeast India exemplifies unique customary land governance regimes that differ from the rest of India. The hills and plains in Northeast India are characterized by different laws governing property rights. As in most other parts of the country, in the plains of the Northeast, individual rights over land holdings are transferable, and buying and selling of such rights are generally not restricted. However, in the hill areas, inhabited mostly by tribal populations, individual rights over land and land transfers are subject to restrictions. Land issues in in the hills of Manipur, inhabited by indigenous communities, are characterized by a lack of cadastral surveying, mapping, and land records. The Rongmei Naga Baptist Association (RNBA) consists of six NGO partners working in six districts of Manipur. In 2011, the RNBA network started working directly on land issues. Since then, the RNBA has been engaging with local communities, village authorities/chiefs, clan and church leaders, other civil society organizations, and government authorities to improve the land tenure security of indigenous poor households, particularly in the Manipur hills, with a focus on strengthening women’s land rights, while also piloting the use of modern mapping technology to develop village registries of household land tenure certificates.

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Choudhury,Pranab Ranjan Amang,Navin Kumar

Localizing Digital Land Administration in Customary Tenure Regimes to Secure Individual Tenure : Intervention by RNBA in the Hills of Manipur (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/181881635769498708/Localizing-Digital-Land-Administration-in-Customary-Tenure-Regimes-to-Secure-Individual-Tenure-Intervention-by-RNBA-in-the-Hills-of-Manipur