Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh introduced the Registration (Amendment) Bill 2013 in Rajya Sabha which allows inspection of registered documents and makes registration of property bought on power of attorney mandatory.
The ministry has also proposed to provide registrar the power to deny registration of certain types of properties, especially belonging to charitable trusts and the government to prevent false registrations.
Another reform in the registration law proposed is omitting a clause which allowed registration of a property in another state. "Unscrupulous elements have abused this provision and they have registered their properties in the states with lower registration fee and stamp duty," a statement issued by the rural development ministry said.
The amendment also proposes to bring equity in adoption provisions. Till now only registration of boys was a must. The ministry has proposed to add adoption of daughters.
The changes in the law also aim to improve electronic registrations across any state that could help in the improvement of management of land records.
The changes in the law was necessitated because of the proposed Land Acquisition law which provides for an enhanced amount of compensation for land acquisition. "These new amendments to the Registation act will ensure greater accuracy in helping identify/determine beneficiaries," the statement read.