The Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane on Friday said that the state government would provide smart cards to owners of property to prevent fraud and unauthorized modifications in the land records.
The senior Maharashtra minister, who was here to attend an official function at Kalmeshwar, some 25 kms from here, said that the smart cards would be part of the government's effort to improve the land records system in the state. The state had sought financial assistance from the union government in this regard. The smart cards had been mooted in view of numerous complaints about unauthorised modifications in the land records, he further pointed out.
Replying to questions, Rane said that he had not been able to attend yesterday's cabinet in Mumbai because it had been scheduled at the last minute. "The cabinet meeting is held every Wednesday, so we accordingly make commitments for programmes several weeks in advance. If the meeting was shifted from Wednesday to Thursday, how can I attend? I cannot make changes in my schedule at the last moment,” Rane said. "Besides, I given prior intimation that I would not attend. It is a tradition that if the minister concerned is not able to attend a meeting, then the subject related to his department is taken up at the next meeting. This tradition is followed in the state as well as at the Centre. So why should anyone have any objection," he said, without naming anyone.
Answering a question, the Maharashtra minister said that he was not opposed to the demand for separate Vidarbha state, and that he would go by the decision of the high command on the issue. However, the people in the region would get a better deal only if they stayed in Maharashtra, he said, adding: "We must also see why the demand is being made now - is it merely political or do the people really want it," he said.