Government fixed target of providing one lakh pattas to poor

Over 2.22 lakh cases of patta transfer have been effected in the last 45 days, Revenue Minister P. Thangamani informed the Assembly on Tuesday.

Replying to the debate on the demands for grants to his department, the Minister said that 2,45,475 lakh applications were received for patta transfer. During the corresponding period in previous years, only 50 per cent of cases was disposed of.

Referring to the changes made in the procedures for patta transfer as a sequel to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's announcement in the House in June, he said that there had been an overwhelming response to the new system. Efforts would be made to popularise the restructured system.

This year, the government fixed a target of providing one lakh pattas to the poor who did not have houses. In Srirangam taluk, 1,800 pattas would be given to those who were living for over 50 years.

Policy

Apart from awarding compensation to poor families who were affected by acquisition of land, the government was evolving a policy of rehabilitation and resettlement to protect their livelihood and for improving their standard of living, the Minister told the Assembly, adding that the government would pay special attention to the implementation of laws on land reforms.

‘Aadhaar'

The government would assume a pivotal role, organise awareness campaigns and ensure that work on unique identification number (Aadhaar number) was taken up expeditiously and completed this financial year. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was fully funding the cost of capturing biometry, causing no cost to the State government. Taking advantage of this, 69 registrars including 36 departments of the State government had signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the UID Authority for capturing biometry details.

Nearly five crore UID numbers had been assigned to residents of the country in various State / Union Territories across the country.

Tamil Nadu had only made a small beginning with non-State registrars such as State Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Indian Bank. A meagre number of UID numbers had been assigned in the State so far, the Minister informed the House.

More In: TAMIL NADU | NATIONAL