Ranchi, Oct. 19: Realtors and house or land buyers in two blocks of Ranchi district can now get ownership rights transferred to their name with the click of a mouse, saving at least three weeks and countless trips to officials.
Itki and Namkum, chosen for their proximity to the state capital, will serve as pilot blocks for the state government’s online mutation scheme that was launched today by chief minister Hemant Soren.
By November 15, land records will be available online for 30 of the total 245 revenue circles in Jharkhand.
The system, which will maintain updated ownership records, maps and other related details, will be extended to the rest of the state in due course.
“Land disputes are one of the major problems across the country. Proper survey of plots and maintaining updated records can help minimise conflicts to a considerably extent,” Hemant said after inaugurating the system during a daylong workshop on survey techniques at a Ranchi hotel.
With the new mutation system in place, all one has to do now is to log into the official website of Ranchi district and click on the mutation link. While applying online, an applicant will need to fill up the form and attach a scanned version of the registration deed. The form will directly go to the block employee concerned, who will verify documents and forward them to the block circle officer who will begin the work of mutation.
After 20-25 days, the applicant will be able to check the status of his/her application on the district website.
The manual mutation process, beginning from the date of buying a property to the actual transfer of ownership on government records, takes between 60 and 90 days. Online mutation should reduce the time to around 40 days.
So far, manual mutation was the norm across the state. According to procedure, a buyer needs to file an application, intimating the land reforms department of the transaction and requesting that the change of ownership rights be recorded.
Clerks of the land reforms department vet the applications. They clamp a 15-day lock-in period on the property to ensure there is no further transaction on the property. They also manually verify land records and after checking the authenticity of documents, forward them to higher officials.
Further verifications are required on the type of land. These checks prove to be a long-drawn process. If everything is found to be okay, the transfer of ownership is allowed.
For online mutation, the procedure is streamlined. Files won’t hop from table to table. “Besides reducing the waiting period, online mutation will rule out foul play,” said a Ranchi district official.
Jharkhand is already using modern techniques to survey plots as envisaged in the National Land Records Modernisation Programme. This initiative has, in turn, paved the way for the online mutation system.
Speaking at the workshop, principal secretary (revenue and land) J.B. Tubid said earlier, getting updated records was a real problem as land survey in traditional methods took time. Often, the ground realities changed by the time a survey was completed.