In a meeting with the deputy commissioners (DCs) and district revenue officers (DROs) of the Majha region, financial commissioner, revenue (FCR), NS Kang, said on Friday that the first phase of computerisation of land records in Punjab was almost over.
Addressing a meeting, he said that 90% of the work had been completed and the remaining would be completed soon. He said that some area-specific problems were posing hassles in the computerisation process, so he had initiated a move to meet the DCs of the Majha, Malwa and Doaba regions on their home turfs to resolve their problems.
The first phase of computerisation of land records included digitisation of mainly the 'jamabandis' (record of rights), 'intekal' (mutation) of all the 153 tehsils and sub-tehsils of the state and updating of records, he said.
"The work is almost over, but it is like plucking fruits from the lower branches. The higher and the more challenging tasks are yet to be dealt with," said Kang.
According to the FCR, the work done so far includes just the digitisation of the textual records, but now the government would engage a consultant to launch the second phase of this project, which will include land registration and its integration with the land record maintenance system, development of a core geospatial information system and capacity building. Once completed, this project will usher in a system of updated land records, he said at the meeting.
Kang said that computerisation of land records would be a great help for the masses as it would minimise the scope of land/property disputes and enhance transparency in the land record maintenance system.
He told the officers that special training for capacity building of revenue officers would be imparted from April to August. It would be a five-day training for tehsildars and naib tehsildars so that they can successfully cope with the challenges of computerisation of land records.
Dharam Dutt Ternach, director, land records, accompanied Kang and resolved the technical problems faced by the DROs of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.
Among those who attended the meting were Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, Pathankot deputy commissioner Siben C, Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha, Tarn Taran additional deputy commissioner Kublir Singh and Amritsar additional deputy commissioner (general) Supreet Singh Gulati.