With about 850 talathi (revenue official at taluka level) posts vacant, over 10 hours of power load shedding everyday in rural areas and a lack of training to use computers, it remains to be seen how the revenue department will implement its ambitious e-governance initiative, Rajasva Abhiyan, which it announced on Wednesday.
"We will fill up the vacant Talathi posts in three months. A training plan is being chalked out for them. Also the load shedding issue does exist, but the state is aiming to be free of this problem by 2012," said principal secretary, revenue, Swadheen Kshatriya.
The initiative will take off on May 1, 2011, which is also Maharashtra Day. Revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat had announced the scheme that consists of 11 citizen-friendly initiatives that the department will take to improve the delivery mechanism and transparency in their processes.
This includes giving certificates like caste and domicile, land title abstracts across the counter. It also includes setting up a helpline for people to lodge their complaints, which will go through a hierarchy of officials.
"We have identified a few success stories in various districts in the state and will replicate them all over. These schemes will directly affect people staying in metros like Mumbai to the farmers in rural areas," Thorat said.
Thorat announced that every district will have a single window system for getting certificates related to caste and domicile. "We are taking a cue from the Thane collectorate which tied-up with schools and distributed forms to students of Class 9 for caste and domicile certificate. This will be introduced in every school in the state," he said. When questioned why students from Thane who had filled the forms during the year have not got their certificates yet, Thorat said, "They must be in process."
For land-related issues, every person who owns land needs a 7/12 abstract, which proves he is a titleholder of the land. This abstract contains details related to the land, including the area of the land and the names of past owners. The state plans to give a computerised abstract.
For this, they will provide every Talathi a laptop and a printer.