The Ministry of Rural Development proposes to draft a model law for adoption by the States to support its scheme for Comprehensive Modernisation of Land Records (CMLR) by computerisation and updating of land records.
Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh addressing the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee said CMLR would include survey using modern technology, computerisation of the registration of immovable property transactions, automatic initiation of the mutation process.
He said the scheme will replace the two ongoing centrally-sponsored schemes of Computerisation of Land Records (CLR) and Strengthening of Revenue Administration and Updating of Land Records.
Singh said it is proposed to implement CMLR scheme on 100 per cent funding basis by the Central Government.
He said that Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat are totally relying on computerised system and have stopped manual distribution of Records of Rights (RoRs). He said that some states have also placed land records data on the internet websites for easy access and dissemination of this information.
Dr Singh said that so far Rs 445.38 crore have been released to States and Union Territories out of which Rs 292.52 crore constituting 66 per cent have been utilised. He said that Rs 100 crore have been allocated in the current budget for the cent per cent centrally sponsored scheme of CLR.
The meeting was informed that 68.61 lakh acres of land have been declared surplus under land reforms till June this year out of which 60.15 lakh acres have been taken possession of. 49.88 lakh acres have been distributed to 53.98 lakh beneficiaries of whom 55 per cent belong to SC/STs. Surplus land about 8.65 lakh hectare is involved in litigation.