ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Updating Land Records: Is Computerisation Sufficient?

The government has spent more than Rs 300 crore on computerisation of land records (CLR) in the last 10 years, but incorrect and out-of-date entries have been made without field verification. The dissemination of these records to the farmers too is being done in the traditional offline manner. Several reforms are being suggested in this paper. First, the government should use aerial survey technology for preparing cadastral maps and land surveys and put them in a web-based service delivery system. Once ownership and other records are on the web, people would file online applications for correction. Thus records can be corrected with speed and reduced contact between people and the bureaucracy. Second, laws relating to prevention of fragmentation should be done away with. Third, the registration office should be computerised along with CLR. Fourth, there should be only one department to maintain land records as well as to register land sales, and the work of registration should be done by the revenue department itself. Lastly, as against registration of the deed first and correction of records later, registration should be done only after verification of the title and genuineness of the transaction.

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