Dr. Reshmy Nair is Professor and Director, Centre for Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (CMLARR) and Centre for Economics & Finance, ASCI.
She has graduated in Economics (Hons.) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and holds M. Phil & Doctorate degrees in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A UGC (NET) qualified academician with keen research interests, she has served as a faculty in reputed institutes in Delhi NCR.
Dr Nair has conceptualised, designed and directed customised capacity building interventions on ‘Land Acquisition, Resettlement & Rehabilitation (LARR)’ for senior IAS Officers, World Bank & Asian Development Bank Supported Projects, government organisations and several PSUs. The CMLARR, established with the support of the World Bank is the only Centre in the country involved in dedicated research/capacity building in LARR. The Centre has trained more than 1500 dedicated officers in LARR during the last couple of years. The international and national conferences organised by the Centre in the recent past included the World Bank sponsored five day International Conference and South-South learning event on R & R and Benefit-sharing (participated by 110 participants from 20 countries); Department of Land Resources, Govt. of India sponsored National Conference on Best Practices in R & R and National Conference on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition and R & R (RFCTLARR) Act, 2013; SCCL sponsored National Workshop on Implementing the RFCTLARR Act, 2013 etc. The annual announced programs on LARR have been receiving unprecedented participation from senior officers of several organisations.
The Centre has been providing support to the Department of Land Resources, Govt. of India and various state governments in the implementation of the new land acquisition Act through organising conferences, at the central and state level, conducting customised training courses on the new LARR Act/Social Impact Assessment (SIA), submitting reports for formulation of rules, guidelines, corrections & amendments required in the Act etc. The Centre has developed a comprehensive training module on the RFCTLARR Act, 2013 and SIA and has also been providing faculty support to various organisations. The CMLARR also provided advisory guidance to University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in strengthening their LARR capacity building interventions.
Dr Nair is a National Social Expert in the two-member Panel of Experts constituted by the Directorate of Energy, Government of Himachal Pradesh for providing guidance to address the social issues in hydro sector development. She has also initiated capacity building, research and consultancy initiatives in the area of crop/weather insurance at ASCI. These initiatives include conducting research studies, directing National Seminars/Workshops on Weather Insurance/crop insurance, focused programs for the insurance industry, partnering with Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India in building capacity of the senior state government officials, etc. She has researched extensively and has published several papers in reputed journals in the areas of food security, public distribution system, LARR, agriculture insurance etc.