PM Modi launches Swamitva Yojana to boost rural economy: Here’s all you need to know

Updated on Apr 24, 2020 04:55 PM IST

Swamitva Yojana is aimed to create property ownership record of land in villages and empower rural population with grant of official document confirming their ownership of land titles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Sarpanchs from across the nation via video conferencing, on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Diwas in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Sarpanchs from across the nation via video conferencing, on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Diwas in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI Photo)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched ‘Swamitva Yojana’ or Ownership Scheme to map residential land ownership in the rural sector using modern technology like the use of drones. The scheme aimed to revolutionise property record maintenance in India was launched on the Panchayati Raj Diwas by the prime minister, who also interacted with members of Gram Panchayats across the country through video conferencing.

Here’s everything one needs to know about the ‘Swamitva Yojana’

1. Swamitva Yojana is meant to create a record of land ownership in rural areas using modern technology.

2. The scheme is piloted by the Panchayati Raj ministry of the Union government and has been launched on April 24 2020, the Panchayati Raj Diwas.

3. The need for this Yojana was felt since several villagers in the rural areas don’t have papers proving ownership of their land. In most states, survey and measurement of the populated areas in the villages has not been done for the purpose of attestation/verification of properties.

4. Swamitva Yojana is aimed to fill the above gap to provide ownership rights to people in the villages. It is expected to go a long way in settling property rights in rural hinterlands and likely to become a tool for empowerment and entitlement, reducing social strife on account of discord over properties.

5. The residential land in villages will be measured using drones to create a non-disputable record. It is the latest technology for surveying and measuring of land.

6. The scheme will be carried out in close coordination with the Central Panchayati Raj ministry, Survey of India, Panchayati Raj departments and Revenue departments of various states.

7. Drones will draw a digital map of every property falling within the geographical limits of a village and demarcate the boundaries of every revenue area.

8. Property card for every property in the village will be prepared by states using accurate measurements delivered by drone-mapping. These cards will be given to property owners and will be recognised by the land revenue records department.

9. The delivery of property rights through an official document will enable villagers to access bank finance using their property as collateral.

10. The property records for a village will also be maintained at the Panchayat level, allowing for the collection of associated taxes from the owners. The money generated from these local taxes will be used to build rural infrastructure and facilities.

11. Freeing the residential properties including land of title disputes and the creation of an official record is likely to result in appreciation in the market value of the properties.

12. The accurate property records can be used for facilitating tax collection, new building and structure plan, issuing of permits and for thwarting attempts at property grabbing

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