Aadhaar card linkage made must for land deals in Jharkhand

Aadhar Card+Land RegisterOn the lines of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand has also made linking of Aadhaar cards with land registration mandatory. The new system comes in force starting May 1.

Following introduction of this system, it will become easier for buyers to keep a tab on their land holdings, and for the Department of Revenue, Registration and Land Reforms to nab land sharks who evade property tax and indulge in fraudulent activities by registering unclear land titles, like benami properties, and under-reporting the value land deals.

Recently, around 65 per cent of land records available with 129 revenue offices (in 19 districts) have already been digitised under the National Land Records Modernisation Programme (NLRMP). The Department has also digitised 23,759 of 32,759 available maps.

Inaugurating a dedicated NLRMP cell at Sri Krishna Institute of Public Administration (SKIPA) recently, State Minister For Revenue, Registration and Land Reforms Amar Kumar Bauri said that the Department is in talks with Ranchi administration to roll out the system in the state capital.

Bauri also said that linking Aadhaar details with land registration will “curb fraudulent activities”. The cell will be imparting training to revenue officials to use digital equipment.

“Around 153 revenue officials and allied staff have been given training. The Department has set a July deadline for completing the training process across 262 revenue offices. The process of integrating registration and revenue offices have been completed in Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Lohardagga, Bokaro and East Singhbhum,” said Rajeev Ranjan, Director of Revenue, Registration and Land Reforms.