The heartland of Malwa region, Bathinda, is making rapid strides towards 100% computerisation of land records.
Out of 292 villages in Bathinda, the records of nearly 285 villages can now be accessed on Internet. 'Fard kendra', a futuristic initiative of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for the rural population, has facilitated a copy of land records at the counter at Rs. 20.
As per official data, 'fard kendra' at the district headquarter has received 2,277 applications in May and 14,659 pages of computerised record have been provided well in time against 2,271 applications. In May, 3,214 people applied at Rampura Phul and 17,417 copies have been provided, disposing off all applications.
'Fard kendra' at Talwandi Sabo received 2,338 applications, out of which 2,323 applicants got 12,037 copies of 'jamabandis'. 'Fard Kendra' at Bhagta Bhai Ka received 816 applications and all of these were processed in time by providing 2,932 copies of computerised land record.
Similarly, the one at Sangat received 845 applications, Nathana 1,854, Goniana 1,077, Ballianwali 735 and Maur received 1,184 applications in May.
Bathinda deputy commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav said, “The district would soon have complete land records on web. On the directions of the deputy chief minister, special staff had been dedicated to complete this task for the facilitation of rural population. Under this, ambitious services have been provided at 'fard kendras' set up at Bathinda, Rampura, Talwandi Sabo, Sangat, Maur, Nathana, Bhagta Bhai Ka, Goniana and Ballianwali.”
Yadav added that 'fard kendras' were proving a great success as the people, especially farmers, were availing the facility of computerised 'jamabandi' (revenue record of land) not only within short span of time but in a hassle-free and transparent way.
“Now people could get computerised 'jamabandi' with utmost ease by giving meagre fee of R20 for each paper of 'jamabandi'. Besides district headquarter, these centres were set up one each at sub-division at Rampura Phul, Talwandi Sabo, Bhagta Bhai Ka, Sangat, Nathana, Maur, Goniana and Balliawali,” he said.