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Digitising Land Records to Empower Rural Masses

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N K Xaxa
Secretary
Department of Revenue
Government of Chhattisgarh

Anybody with Internet connectivity can check Chhattisgarh’s land records. Not only this, even crucial land statistics of the State can also be easily accessed online, says, N K Xaxa, Secretary, Department of Revenue, Government of Chhattisgarh, in conversation with Susmriti Sahu of Elets News Network (ENN).

“To reach the last mile connectivity, we have to increase the Internet connectivity. We are providing the net connectivity to every region of the State at same pace of providing electricity connections.”

How is Digital India initiative changing the State Government’s working on day-to-day basis? The Digital India campaign has become a revolution in the country. Everything has become easy after digitisation. Earlier, it used to take a lot of paper to maintain records. Searching files in the File Room was a big task.

But after digitisation, the whole process has turned easy. Chhattisgarh has digitised more than 2.18 crore land records.

Today, anybody can get information about land records online. Any person trying to modify these records illegally, can also be easily tracked.

How are you leveraging the mobile services to provide better services to citizens?

Anybody with Internet connectivity can check their land records. Not only this, even crucial land statistics of the State can also be easily accessed online.

To secure these online land records, we have integrated the mobile numbers with them. If someone is trying to change anything in these records without permission, a sms will be sent to the original customer’s mobile automatically, thereby, alerting him.

This new facility is soon going to start with the help of Bhuiyan software which provides access to land records, details of the land owner, land registration, etc, to the common man. We have connected all the district offices through this software.

“We have started a campaign to connect village areas and their land records with the Bhuiyan app. We are going to provide ‘diverted land’ information on the software.”

What is the concept of e-courts?

E-courts portal help people to know the current status and next date of their court hearing. Earlier, people had to visit the court to know about the status of their case. But now they can easily get the dates online.

We have 494 courts in Chhattisgarh and every court’s information can be sought online.

To reach the last mile connectivity, we have to increase the Internet connectivity. We are providing the net connectivity to every region of the State with the same pace as we are providing electricity.

Have you provided any special training to you staff for digitisation?

We are trying to provide training to our staff and to people in general. We have given special internet training to Patwaris and Tehsildars compulsory.

Which digital initiatives are in the offing?

We have started a campaign to connect village areas and their land records with the Bhuiyan app. We are going to provide ‘diverted land’ information on the software. Aadhaar number will be linked with the land records soon.

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