ANDHRA PRADESH

Drive to make land records foolproof soon

NALGONDA, NOV. 29. Revenue records are so labyrinthine that it is very difficult even for the educated to decipher them. Taking advantage of the `mess' in revenue offices, some persons are allegedly making and circulating fake pattadar passbooks and same patch of plot is being allegedly sold to a number of gullible persons.

In an attempt to put an end to such malpractices and also to distribute pattadar passbooks among eligible farmers, the district administration is taking up a massive exercise soon. About 35,000 passbooks across the district will be distributed by January at gram sabhas by setting records straight. A timetable is being chalked out to hold the `Record of Rights (ROR) Week.'

The Joint Collector, B. Sridhar, has told The Hindu that land dealings during the last five years will be thoroughly checked and passbooks be issued to genuine owners. "We are all set to put a full stop to the malpractices in land dealings. We will check whether the land transfers are valid and genuine and make our records foolproof,'' he says.

First, the department will collect the list of the deceased during the last five years in addition to the data vis-a-vis land dealings in the same period from sub-registrar offices. "We tally the date and make corrections by giving suo moto notices to the persons concerned. After waiting for a mandatory 45 days to receive objections, if any, a mutation week will be observed.''

Special teams

Special teams, consisting of MROs, RIs, village secretaries and surveyors, will be formed for the purpose and mandal-wise schedule be announced before hand to facilitate people to meet revenue officials.

To a question, the Joint Collector has said that law will take its own course if anyone was found guilty during the verification process. "We will file cases against those who have been cheating people. At the same time, officers, who colluded with unscrupulous elements, will also be taken to task,'' he says.

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