AP takes the lead in uploading land records online

July 29, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:46 am IST - HYDERABAD:

Andhra Pradesh is all set to take the lead in the country by making all land records available online and end the menace of fake pattadar passbooks, which have been used extensively to access fraudulent bank loans in several districts.

The Revenue Department has uploaded 100 per cent of government land records online and completed computerisation of a majority of the data relating to private lands. This is meant to prevent tampering of physical records. After thousands of fake pattadar passbooks were recovered in Anantapur and other districts, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu instructed the Revenue Department to speed up the process and freeze the records online. Mr. Naidu, who held a meeting to review the progress of computerisation of land records with the Revenue Department here on Tuesday, said the objective was to bring in transparency without giving scope for corruption.

The State will organise gram sabhas across the State from August 10 to August 31 to receive complaints and suggestions related to land records and rectify any errors in the online records. The names of true land owners will be updated during these gram sabhas.

About 13,000 computer tablets will be given to revenue employees to upload the data directly into the server. A decision was also taken to fill 225 revenue surveyor posts soon.

In line with reforms in the revenue administration, the government has operationalised two portals: Webland, comprising all land details for use by the revenue administration; and Mee Bhumi, which allows people to check their land details online and even take printout required for transactions without having to do the rounds of government offices. The two portals would also be linked to banks to enable them to cross-check farmers’ loan applications, examine their land details such as extent, type of land, crop under cultivation. Sharing these details after the review meeting, Mr. Parakala Prabhakar, the chief minister’s advisor for communications and Chief Commissioner of Land Administration Anil Chandra Punetha said that after August 31, web security measures would be in place to prevent hacking of Webland and access would be given to government officers only after biometric data verification.

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