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?Revenue staff accountable for checking encroachment?

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 21:40 IST

REVENUE MINISTER Kamal Patel has said that responsibilities of revenue officers would be fixed in case of encroachment on government land. At the time of their transfers the revenue officers, right from Patwari to the Collector, would be required to furnish a certificate to the effect that no government land has been encroached upon in their areas, he said.

A government release quoted Patel saying that even then if an encroachment takes place, appropriate action would be taken against the related officers.

He said a statewide campaign has been launched for updating the land records and physical possession of land after measurement on the spot. This has provided relief to the farmers. The disposal of mutation, partition and demarcation cases on the spot also has given immediate relief to the farmers, the minister said.

Patel said that inquiry would be conducted into Inayatnamaas and Hibanamas. There would be no objection if the public land freed from encroachment were used in public interest. When the development schemes were being decentralised, the Gram Panchayats have full right to use the de-encroached land for development works, he added.

Patel said that the revenue officers have been directed to dispose off all the cases within specified time limits by reserving two days every month for this purpose.

He said his top priority is to give an integrated shape to the land records revenue book and credit book. At present, two such books are provided to the landholders. One book contains records and revenue details and the other book records information of outstanding loans. Now a single book would be provided to the farmers at their doorsteps.

Having this book the farmers would not be required to wander about for copies to get loan, he added.  The copy of the matter recorded in this book would be the basis of eligibility for loan. Patel said that the most important and effective initiative taken by the Revenue Department is that the students would not have to run from pillar to post in obtaining caste certificate. It has provided relief to lakh of students and their guardians.

Applications from the students would be received in the schools on which the principals and headmasters would record their note and recommendations and forward them to the concerning revenue officer. The latter would verify and certified the certificate and return them to the school, added the minister.

The Revenue Minister informed that the work of re-establishing the demarcation of boundary has been started in all 48 districts. Lack of budget would not be an impediment in this work, he said.