NEW DELHI: The Centre has identified 50 districts across the country where state governments will modernise all land records in one year, reviving the National Land Records Modernisation Programme that has failed to make much ground in six years despite spending more than Rs 500 crore. The Narendra Modi government has now decided to implement the scheme in phases through a targeted approach.
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This will involve 100% modernisation of land records in selected districts in one year, government sources said. "We have now decided to focus on one or two districts in each state where huge money has already been spent and the programme is expected to make a visible impact," a senior government official told ET.
Launched by the first UPA government in August 2008, the National Land Records Modernisation Programme (NLRMP) aims to modernise management of land records by computerising registration and all land records, including maps and spatial data. This would minimise scope of land/property disputes, enhance transparency in the land records maintenance system, and facilitate moving eventually towards guaranteed conclusive titles to immovable properties in the country.
However, after nearly six years in operation and over Rs 500 crore spent under the scheme, most states have failed to make any significant progress despite the previous UPA government setting a 2017 deadline for achieving 100% modernisation of land records. Hence the shift to a targeted approach.
Only Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka and Tripura have made substantial progress on this front. While some work has started in another eight states — Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Goa, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — others such as Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland have barely taken a step in this direction.
Department of land resources under the ministry of rural development, which initiated the scheme, has already sent a list of 50 districts across all states and union territories that will now be focus points for implementation of the programme. "These districts have been selected on basis of funds released under NLRMP and feedback on performance of the programme by state officials from time to time," reads a letter the department sent to all state governments recently. "Henceforth, the Centre will closely monitor implementation of the programme in these identified districts," it said. ET reviewed a copy of the letter.