About the Department


    To ensure sustainable improvement in productivity and livelihood / income potential of land through development of rainfed and degraded areas including wastelands and to fulfil Nation’s commitment under SDG No.15 (15.3: By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods and strive to achieve a land degradation –neutral world).

    To develop an appropriate integrated land information management system, which will inter alia improve real-time information on land, optimize use of land resources and assist in policy/planning


    To ensure sustainable development of rainfed cultivable and degraded lands through a participatory approach by involving the stakeholders in decision making in the watershed development programmes. It makes a concerted effort to enhance the productivity of wastelands thereby enhancing livelihood opportunities in rural areas.

    To put in place effective agrarian reforms, including an efficient land use policy, and a transparent Land Records Management System (LRMS) with the aim of to build an Integrated Land Information Management System (ILIMS). This system of integrated land information management will ultimately yield into security of tenancy to citizen, reduced land disputes, simplified procedure for transfer of properties title , fraudulent free landed properties transactions , etc.


    The following are the functions of the Department of Land Resources:

    1. Guide and facilitate States to modernize land record management & build up a land information system.
    2. Facilitate States efforts to usher in conclusive titling system.
    3. Administration of Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (1 of 1894) and right to fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition , Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 and matters relating to acquisition of land for purposes of the Union and Registration Act , 1908
    4. To facilitate adoption of policy for Rehabilitation & Resettlement of displaced people.
    5. Land reforms, land tenure, land records, consolidation of holdings and other related matters.
    6. Implementation of watershed programme for development of rainfed/ degraded areas.


    The main objectives of the Department are:

    1. To support the States/UTs for implementation of Digital Land Records Modernization Programme (DLRMP) with the aim to achieve a comprehensive land governance system known as Integrated Land Information Management System;
    2. To administer land reforms and other related matters relating to land such as administration of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition , Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013(RFCTLARR), the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy of 2007, the Registration Act, 1908, etc.
    3. To launch National Mission on Bio-Diesel demonstration phase with the propagation of bio-fuel plantations primarily on wastelands, based on the assessment of plantations already under taken in the country.
    4. To increase productivity of rainfed/degraded land through the process of integrated watershed management.