SS Meena (right) and Prashant Kumar inaugurate the e-room in Dhanbad on Tuesday. (Gautam Dey)
Planning to buy a plot of land in Dhanbad and want to verify documents provided by the owner?
You don’t need to visit the district record room any more. Instead, go to the nearest common service centre, key in relevant details, and bingo! You have all the information you need.
This has been made possible as all 57,000 land records of Dhanbad circle have been digitised, thanks to the untiring efforts of Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar and his staff.
Tuesday marked the inauguration of the district’s e-record room by North Chotanagpur commissioner S.S. Meena in the presence of a host of other dignitaries including president of Dhanbad Bar Association Kansari Mandal and district record room in charge Jagbandhu Mahtha.
“The digitisation of land records will help increase transparency and eliminate unnecessary delay and harassment to the common people seeking status of land, etc,” Meena, who was chief guest, said.
Deputy commissioner Kumar said during an inspection of the record room in September 2012, he noticed gross mismanagement.
“Several land records were not kept in the allotted racks, inconveniencing people who were seeking land status details. This ended up delaying disposal of cases in revenue courts,” he said, adding that most of the records pertain to revenue courts handled by the deputy commissioner, additional collector and land reforms assistant commissioner.
“Now, proper instructions have been given to arrange the records properly,” Kumar added.
Divulging more about the digitisation process, record room in-charge Mahtha said that after proper arrangements, all 57,000 land records related to Dhanbad circle were digitised.
“We will now work towards digitising records of other eight revenue circles of the district. These include Baghmara, Baliapur, Govindpur, Jharia, Nirsa, Topchanchi, Tundi and Purbi Tundi,” he said, adding after the entire process was complete, scanned copies of manual records would be uploaded on the Net by developing a website.
“Digitisation of records will help eliminate corruption to a great extent,” he said.
Bar association chief Mandal lauded the efforts of the district administration and said that digitisation of records would benefit lawyers as they have to visit the record room often to dig out the status of land records of clients.