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Digital Land Records Information System in Jammu and Kashmir

JK-LG launches Digital Land Records Information System

Ground Report | New Delhi: Digital Land Records in Kashmir; The Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha recently launched the Land records Information System “Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani” with an initiative to facilitate easy online access to the Land Records System, thereby reducing manipulation of the Land Records and improving the efficiency of Revenue offices on the whole.

Public users can search and view copies of Scanned data online on CIS Portal- The Lt Governor observed that with this initiative, under the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme(DILRMP), the Union Territory of Jammu Kashmir has achieved an important milestone to provide the most transparent & accountable services to the common people.

The Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) was formally launched in the UT in April-2016 for improving online accessibility to the Land Records System and stopping manipulation of the Land Records thereby making the quality of services in Sub Registrar offices/ Tehsils more efficient and transparent. The programme aims to modernize the management of land records, enhance transparency in the land records maintenance system, thus reducing the scope of land/property disputes, and facilitate conclusive titles to immovable properties in the country.

The Lt Governor declared that the journey to make the governance system truly transparent and accountable in the UT will not stop until it is achieved completely in every sector.

Workshop cum awareness programmes were conducted in different districts of J&K;  Kupwara, Budgam, Ganderbal, Shopian, Bandipora, Pahalgam, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Karnah, Kishtwar and Doda. The awareness programmes informed people regarding online portals how a landowner can access his land records like Moussavi, Jamabandi, Girdawari, mutation etc. with a click of a button. And how landowners can search and view copies of scanned data of their land records, eliminating delay, complex procedure and ensuring transparency and accountability at the same time.

The initiative leads citizens having any status can utilize the services without approaching the Revenue office in person. In earlier times it was a time-consuming process to get a revenue extract for self-awareness. As the patwaris are entrusted with a lot of miscellaneous work along with their own work.

Although this is a good step from the government it needs more effort to make it more convenient and reliable.

Under the Digital India Land Record Modernization Programme (DILRMP), the Revenue Department has scanned  7,75,70,009 documents, 58,754 maps and 760 jamabandis and placed them in the public domain under the ‘Apni Zameen Apni Nigrani’ for people’s scrutiny.

As a reform to further boost transparency in the public dealings of the Revenue Department, the Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the Revenue department directed the Department to evolve a mechanism of issuing revenue passbooks to the people, containing information on all their legal land possessions within one month., followed by its first trial run on 15th January and formal issuance by 26th January 2022.  The process will be completed in the districts of Jammu and Srinagar by 31st March 2022 and in all other districts by 15th August 2022.

The records of the Revenue Department will now be linked with the mobile number and Aadhaar number of the landowner. In this way, disturbances in land-related transactions will be prevented. The landowner will be informed by sending SMS when every process of revenue matters is started.

Every page of the Land Pass Book will be digitally coded with QR Code, numbered and have the name of the landholder in order to avoid any chance of tampering. The QR code will be used for verifying the veracity of the digitally generated LPB. It will be issued against a payment of a fee of Rs 100 from the landholder.

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