Rural land records go online

Property records of designated khasra lands in rural villages are now in the public domain.Starting Tuesday , a dedicated government portal has these records in a digitised format with digital signatures of the tehsildars.

Only records of north district aren’t available right now as these are still being digitised.

The revenue department has directed that henceforth, only digitally signed records will be issued wherever these are available. A total of 33,458 records across 109 villages have been digitised so far. This, the govern ment hopes, would reduce the scope of tampering with records by field staff.

These records could be obtained from citizen service centres at respective dis trict offices or downloaded from the portal. “The district offices have been directed to prominently display the list of khatas that are yet to be digitised on notice boards and websites of the respective districts.Also, a web-based mutation module will be launched soon that will be linked with the records. So, a user can know the mutation status by checking a land record in a particular khasra number,“ said a revenue department official.

The Delhi government had last year launched an online database of land records called `Indraprastha Bhulekh’. This was done to break the monopoly of some officials and end the harass ment suffered by property buyers at the hands of land mafia. The digitised records coupled with maps were seen as robust means to monitor and manage land. It was also seen as a move to empower property owners.

Last April, TOI had reported the digitisation of records in southwest district on a pilot mode. The need for online records was felt to stop illegal occupation of expensive agricultural land.Through this database, anyone could find out about a plot and its legal status. They could cross-check land status through the maps showing the ground situation. Any discrepancy could be pointed out immediately .

Source: Times of India
Dated: 2nd November 2016

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