Staff Reporter

Licensed surveyors have been on strike for fulfilment of their demands

Surveyors play an important role in preparing

pre-mutation sketches

Preparation of such sketches affected partially, says official

BANGALORE: Registration of agricultural land has been affected across the State following the strike by licensed surveyors, who play a critical role in preparation of pre-mutation sketches, which is mandatory for registration.

About 3,200 licensed surveyors are on strike since December 29, seeking direct appointment to the department against the vacant posts of government surveyors or providing a fixed monthly remuneration of Rs. 7,500, besides seeking primacy in appointment of government surveyors.

“Registration of agricultural properties across the State has come down greatly during January. The number of properties to be registered could be high, though we do not have the data at present,” a senior Revenue Department official told The Hindu.

Inquiries with a few sub-registrar offices also revealed that the number of registrations had come down drastically, as pre-mutation sketches were not available because of the strike.

The concept of licensed surveyors came into existence after the Government made it mandatory for pre-mutation sketches during registration by bringing an amendment to the Land Revenue Act and Land Revenue Rules in 1999.

Accordingly, licensed surveyors were appointed to supplement the work of government surveyors outside the system.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Land Survey and Settlement Rajeev Chawla on Tuesday claimed that preparation of pre-mutation sketches had been affected partially, as government surveyors had been deployed to do the work.

“About 2,000 government surveyors have been deployed and 4,833 sketches have been issued since the strike began. While 29,932 applications were pending for survey before the strike, about 25,968 applications are pending now,” Mr. Chawla told presspersons.

On the demands of the licensed surveyors, he said that either direct appointment or giving primacy to them in appointment was against the law and it could be struck down by courts.

Regarding the other demand by the licensed surveyors not to add further qualification for appointments, he said: “We have made 60 per cent marks in PUC Mathematics mandatory, as the department has been acquiring technologies that require certain basic knowledge of maths.”