Land records digitisation can accelerate India’s GDP by 1.3%

Land records digitisation can help in accelerating India’s GDP by as much as 1.3 per cent says Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu of Central Information Commission.

Speaking at CIC organised seminar on “Land Records and Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, Prof M. Sridhar Acharyulu, Information Commissioner, CIC said, “Almost 66% court cases in the country are related to land disputes costing a whopping Rs. 58,000 crore in litigation, both civil and criminal. Land Records digitization can help accelerate India’s GDP by as much as 1.3%.”

Addressing the seminar, Chief Information Commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur said, “Almost half of the RTI queries received by the State Information Commissions are related to land records. Land Resources primarily being a state subject, it is incumbent upon the state governments to put out information on land records in the public domain.

Land issues are at the heart of administrative India and majority of crimes in the society are related to land disputes and the digitization of land records will bring about clarity in land holdings, thereby help reduce criminal cases, cut pendency of court cases and also result in huge savings to the public exchequer added Mathur.

Speaking on the occasion, Dinesh Singh, Secretary, Department of Land Resources (DLR) said, “An integrated Land Information Management System is under implementation which will serve as a single window database for the various stakeholders such as the land owner(s) and civic agencies and linking this database with the Aadhar number will eventually eliminate benami transactions.”

Hukum Singh Meena, Joint Secretary, DLR, Ministry of Rural Development said, “Land Records Modernization Programme has been implemented in 31 States and UTs. The process of integrating Aadhar Number and linking it with the Record of Right (RoR) has been undertaken in five states.”

The seminar was attended by principal secretaries, secretaries of state government’s land resources/revenue departments, chief information commissioners and information commissioners from state information commissions and central information commission. In addition, some NGOs working in the area of land records are also participated.

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