New Delhi: Running from pillar to post for land related documents, repeated court visits to obtain a copy of your land map from the ‘Patwari’ (Village Development Officer) is a bygone affair now with the government gearing up to provide all information  about your land in a single file accessible at the click of a mouse.

In fact, the Centre has already launched this project in all the states except Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Providing relief to distressed land-owners, the government has made a provision of uploading all land related information and records online. These can be downloaded and saved in a pen-drive or a hard-copy of the same can be retained by taking a print-out of the document.

A number of states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Haryana, West Bengal, and Gujarat have already started considering the e-copy as a legal document. These states have stopped providing manuscript of the land documents.
In 14 states including Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand have started uploading all the land related datas on website.

However, following the detection of discrepancies in the scheme during surveillance in a few states, the Centre has endowed Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy, Mussorie with the task of intensively studying the loopholes and to impart momentum to the project. It is noteworthy that the first step of making the documents available online has already been completed.

Most of the states have already transformed maps related to lands and properties into digital form from documents. Going a step further, few states have even stopped giving land-map to farmers in hand-written form. Instead, a farmer can avail a print-out of map of his land after depositing a token money in a court.

If the Ministry of Rural Development is to be believed then the plan has helped many states in registering significant progress in the land related cases. The Ministry claims that the country's 141 districts have already uploaded hundred percent land records on website

(JPN/ Bureau)