The government has taken steps to modernise the Revenue Department in tune with the changing times, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash has said.

The Minister was inaugurating the village office at Seethathode, near Chittar, on Friday. The delay in getting various certificates was due to the heavy workload of employees and shortage of staff at the government offices. The government was trying to overcome the problems with the help of modern technology.

As many as 23 certificates from the village offices were being issued through the Akshaya Centres in a time-bound manner under the e-district project, he said.

The Minister said steps would be taken to remit various taxes at the village office through banks and discussions in this regard were under way with the bank authorities. Mobile banking and SMS facility would be effectively utilised in this project.

The government would reduce the workload of the staff at village offices with the help of modern technology. Directions had been issued to make one village office in each district ‘Smart Village Office’ and the employees would be given training for this, he said.

The Seethathode village office would be made the first Smart Village Office in the district, the Minister said. The Revenue Department would construct a building for the new Seethathode village office and provide the grama panchayat with 15 cents of land for the same, he said.

V.N. Jithendran, District Collector; A. Gopakumar, Revenue Divisional Officer; Benny Puthenparambil, block panchayat president, and Komalam Anirudhan, district panchayat member, spoke. P.V. Varghese, panchayat president, presided over the function.