20-member panel to monitor online services of J&K land records

Action plan with all recommendations to be submitted on December 23: Bidhuri
20-member panel to monitor online services of J&K land records
On December 11, the Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta had announced that the government would issue land passbooks in Jammu and Srinagar districts by January 15, 2022. [File]Pxfuel [Creative Commons]

Jammu: The government has constituted a 20-member committee for finalising an action plan for digitization of revenue records, providing online services of the Revenue Department and rollout of “Land pass book” by January 15, 2022.

The panel will meet on daily basis w.e.f., December 13 to 20, 2021 in the office of Financial Commissioner Revenue, J&K and will conduct a write-shop on Tuesday i.e., December 21, 2021 and will submit the action plan with all recommendations on December 23, 2021.

On December 11, the Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta had announced that the government would issue land passbooks in Jammu and Srinagar districts by January 15, 2022.

The panel will also provide the probable solutions to the issues in implementation of digitization of records and online services including feedback of the States where such things stand implemented.

According to Commissioner/Secretary Revenue Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, this committee will finalise the process and procedure for securing and delivery of online services and rollout of “Land Pass Book” by January 15, 2022.

“The panel has been tasked to short list software in consultation with NIC for digitization of land records. This will formulate reporting format of Revenue officers or officials, from the level of Tehsildar to Patwari, related to land records services for the public. This will also suggest a road map for integration of the system of Fard-registration-Mutation-updation of Jamabandis and maps,” Bidhuri stated in an order. The committee will suggest a road map for digitization of Jamabandis of the remaining 18 districts along with a timeline and requirements of manpower and financial resources.

The panel will be chaired by Commissioner S&LR, J&K Rajeev Ranjan, IAS while Custodian General Rajesh Sharma; Regional Director, Jammu Bhawani Rakwal; Additional Commissioner FCR Rishpal Singh; ADC Jammu Ghanshyam Singh; RD Rajouri-Poonch ADC, Rajouri Sachin Dev Singh; Custodian Evacuee Property Jammu Ravinder Sharma; Deputy Secretary Revenue Muzafar Malik; ACR Reasi Sanjay Badyal; AC Central Dr Pritam Lal and SDM R S Pura Ram Lai Sharma, all JKAS officers, will be its members.

Its members will also include Tehsildar Recovery, DC office, Jammu Mohit Gupta; Baiju Ubbott scientist D NIC J&K; Farooq Husain Bhat Tehsildar Ramgarh, Samba; Mohammed Majeed (Tehsildar RD office Rajouri); Tehsildar Jammu Khas Kamal Preet Singh and NT Jammu Kuldeep Singh. A representative each of M/S RAMTeCH and E&Y will be its members as special invitees while any other member to be co-opted by chairman will be its co-opted member.

As per its terms and conditions, the panel has been tasked to suggest a road map for digitization of maps of 18 districts and its integration with ‘BhuNaksha’ for real time updation of maps.

BhuNaksha is a cadastral Mapping Software developed by NIC using Open Source Applications and libraries to facilitate management of Digitised Cadastral maps.

To suggest changes in rules and procedure regarding Fard, registration and Mutation to avoid multiple reporting for same work and to ensure that maps and textual records are in sync; plan a road map for Geo referencing of all future registration, mutation and revenue records and propose road map for cadastral survey or resurvey and updating of survey and settlement record will also be the mandate of this panel, stated Revenue Commissioner.

He further directed that the committee will conduct a write-shop for finalisation of the action plan with due consultation of Ajay Joshi Head SDU, Pune.

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