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Land records set straight, digitally

- Process underway to upload details about all Bokaro plots online by August 15

The Bokaro district administration has embarked on an ambitious drive to digitise land records with an ultimate aim to usher in transparency and do away with malpractices that are common during purchase and sale of plots.

The district, which has almost finished creating a computerised database of riyati (private), gair mazrua (government) and khas mahal (government land leased out to private parties) plots in five of the total eight blocks, is planning to complete the process for the remaining three by Independence Day, that is August 15.

The five blocks where the process is almost over are Gomia, Bermo, Kasmar, Petarwar and Chandrapura. But the district officials are facing some hurdles in updating the data of Chas, Chandankyari and Nawadih as the records of these three places are very old.

As such, deputy commissioner Uma Shankar Singh shot off a letter to state revenue secretary Jyoti Bhramar Tubid on Tuesday, seeking installation of a particular software in computers that will allow his staff to upload the land details from old files.

“I am trying to make Bokaro a model district as far as digitising the entire process of maintaining land records is concerned. Though data entry for all the eight blocks is being undertaken on a war footing, there are some technical hitches, particularly in Chas, Chandankyari and Nawadih because the records are very old and can be uploaded into computers only with the help of a software. I have written to the revenue department for providing the software to us,” Singh told The Telegraph.

He further said that there were other challenges like ownership dispute with respect to several plots. This is because the names of the existing owners do not match with those mentioned in government file (register No. 2).

“In most of these cases, the original owners have sold their plots but the names of the new owners have not been updated in government records. Hence, we are sending our staff to conduct physical verification of the plots and in case of any dispute, the claimants are being told to present all details to the administration. All block development officers (BDOs) and circle officers (COs) have been asked to furnish details within a fortnight so that the records can be set straight by Independence Day,” Singh added.

Bokaro additional collector Sanjay Singh and deputy collector of land records Jitendra Kumar Deo are also lending a hand.

Asked how common people will be benefited by the hi-tech exercise, the DC explained that once the land records are made online, a person sitting hundreds of kilometres away from Bokaro can access information about the plot he wants to check. “One has to log into the website of the revenue and land reforms department, jhr.nic.in/lrms, and key in land details after which all important information — real position of the plot, names of sellers and buyers — will be available,” he added.