CM’s tips on land records rectification, simplification

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today said in the proposed rectification, simplification and cleansing of land records should be done without causing any harm to the farmers’ interests and with transparency. The rectified land details list should be displayed in the village with signatures of the farmers. The entire process of comprehensive rectification of records should be done in a simple, transparent and easy manner so that people will be able to understand it. As part of the cleansing, in the first phase, records of 95 percent of lands having no litigation or problems should be finalized, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting at Pragati Bhavan on Land records rectification, simplification. Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mohammed Ali, Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Whip Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Police Housing Corporation Chairman K Damodar, MLC Karne Prabhakar, CMO Officials, Mission Director (Land Records Updation) Vakati Karuna, Collectors Raghunandan Rao, Venkatram Reddy and other officials participated in the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister made these observations: “Once upon a time, the State’s major income revenue used to be from the land cess. Now that is over and now the government is planning to give Rs 8,000 per acre as an investment. This has overall changed the perception towards the land. Farmers are treated with respect all over the world. This is due to the thinking that each country wants to be self reliant food wise. This is no different in our country. Our State is also agriculture-oriented and the uniform climatic conditions here help the crops to grow better.

“Godavari water will be available abundantly from next year from the Kaleswaram project. We will fill the tanks. With this former seven districts will get water. With bumper crops, both people and farmers will be happy. Old revenue terms like Pahani, Sethwari words are not from Telugu. Change these terms into simple and colloquial Telugu. Similarly, there is no need to have so many columns in Pahani. The documents should be simple and without any difficulty. Land records Updation program is being launched against this backdrop”.

Form 1,193 teams and allot nine villages to each team and it will take three months to rectify, update and cleansing the records. The 31 District Collectors that we have will be authorized to allot the villages to the teams. This is primarily land records cleansing program. With this, all the matters that create litigation, problems should be done away with. The complicated calculations, matters are leading to land litigations and other issues. The by-numbers system should be totally driven out. Farmers should be rid of the land related issues and should be able to cultivate peacefully.

The land records should follow the Core Banking system adapted by the Banks. After the records Updation, all the transactions done day by day should be updated as is done under the Core Banking System, digitally and online. For this appoint 1000 information Technology officials in the revenue departments. Pattadar should be able to get any information on line. At the time of the land records Updation completion, IT officers appointments, buying of new Servers, Computers integration should be completed. Mutation process should be done immediately after the registration. Farmers should go to the Registration Office for transactions for once only. Their passbooks should be sent to their homes via courier.

Abolish all the revenue courts except that of the District Collector. The practice of farmers pledging their pass books in the banks should go; instead, the banks should give loans based on the online information. Land related issues are within the power of the State governments and hence the final decision of the State Government holds good. Hence, the land records cleansing and Updation program should be done without giving any scope for any litigation. For those RDOs, MROs and districts where the program is done on time should be given incentives. After August 31 meeting with the Collectors, RDOs and other officers, convene a meeting of thermos (Tasildars) in the State. (NSS)