JAGA Mission, under the Housing & Urban Development Department, Government of Odisha, aims at transforming the slums into liveable habitat with all necessary civic infrastructure and services, to continuously improve the standard of living and access to livelihood opportunities by implementing the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017.

The JAGA Mission granted in-situ, heritable and non-transferable land titles to as many as 200,000 households living in 2,000 slums in Odisha.

What lessons can we draw from JAGA Mission?

What were the real obstacles to this radical process of land titling?

What kind of technological and governance innovations were required in order to operationalise the scheme on the ground, given the complexity of issues around land titles in India?

What are the unintended consequences of granting land titles?

Were some groups persistently neglected or excluded from such schemes, thus exacerbating existing socioeconomic inequalities?

This panel engages with these questions while attempting to understand whether and how land titles make a difference to the urban poor.


Chair: BHUVANESWARI RAMAN, Professor, O P Jindal School of Government and Public Policy

Panelist: ANTARIN CHAKRABARTY, Senior Researcher and State Team Lead, JAGA (Odisha Liveable Habitat) Mission, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi

Panelist: ANAND LAKHAN, Housing and land rights activist from Indore, co-convener of the National Forum for Housing Rights India

Panelist: GOBINDA DALAI, Mentor and Co-founder of Yuva Vikas, Odisha; Former consultant on policy and implementation space in housing, water, sanitation and governance with Govt of Odisha.Do watch and Share.Subscribe the Channel.

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