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Punjab seeks to penalise Mumbai firm for deadline failure

chandigarh Updated: Feb 10, 2011 01:51 IST
Manpreet Randhawa
Manpreet Randhawa
Hindustan Times
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Incensed by the slow pace of computerising land records, Punjab's revenue department has recommended to the state government for blacklisting CMS Computer Ltd, the company that had been given the job.

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had aimed at computerising land records by February 28. But CMS Computer Ltd has so far put online barely one-third of the revenue data.

The government had ordered setting up 99 fard kendras (land record centres) across the 20 districts, covering the 12,278 villages, of the state.

However, till January 31, only 4,161 villages had their land records online.

The revenue department has written to chief secretary SC Agrawal, asking for either blacklisting the company or not giving it any e-governance project in the state till it completed its present job.

The department had engaged the firm on a "build, own, operate and transfer" basis. In return, it is to receive nominal user charges set for various services to be provided at the kendras.

"According to the agreement, the firm is required to make data entries of the land records and also to run the fard kendras once those are online. However, for the past few months, we have been facing huge problems from the firm," the department said.