Journalist-turned-Minister for Revenue Syed Basharat Bukhari today fumed at the officials of revenue department for having failed to utilize Rs. 16 crore meant for settlement and maintenance of revenue records under the centrally sponsored computerization of land records scheme (COLRS).
He took to task the officials of revenue department asking them not to take their task lightly and work overnight to ensure that funds meant for settlement and maintenance of revenue records are utilized for the same purpose. He underscored need for strengthening of Settlement organisation and asked the concerned authorities to come with a proposal keeping in view the futuristic plans of the Department.
Minister expressed displeasure over the lapse of Rs 16 crore meant for settlement besides maintenance of revenue records under Computerization of Land Records Scheme. He directed the funds to the tune of Rs 45 core sanctioned by the Centre under Digital India Land Modernization Programme (DILRMP) should be utilized strictly for settlement and computerization of land records.
He took serious note of the change of title of 700 Kanals of land in Kulgam District and directed the settlement commissioner to enquire into the matter and submit a factual report within 45 days to the government. The direction in this regard was given by the Minister while chairing a high level meeting of revenue department convened to review the status of settlement operations and computerization of land records in the State.
Minister also directed Financial Commissioner Revenue to submit the report of 6 villages, 3 each in Srinagar and Jammu, where settlement and digitization of revenue records has been already completed on pilot. He also instructed that revenue record in 866 villages should be kept on web site for information of the people. In first phase, settlement work of Srinagar and Jammu Districts would be completed and asked the RAM Tech India which have been entrusted with the digitization of land records work to expedite its efforts and ensure completion of the job in fixed time frame.
He said that he will personally monitor the progress of settlement fortnightly, adding that the settlement of other districts would be taken in second and third phase. Revenue Minister exhorted upon the officers to adhere to the timeline of settlement targets and contribute in the preparation of reliable revenue records making devotion and integrity benchmark of the functioning
He said the settlement operation is fundamental in the land management system adding that meticulous preparation of Records of Rights not only facilitates resolution of land disputes but also minimizes land wrangles and conflicts. Financial Commissioner Revenue Pramod Jai gave a detailed over view on the settlement and computerization of land records in the state.
He apprised that 4717villages were taken up for settlement operation in the State and of which 2257 villages were measured besides Right of records of 1906 villages deposited and revenue records of 866 villages were computerized in the State.