Girriraj Singh, Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj launched the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) and Banadhikar App, on December 3. The Banadhikar application is a GPS-based mobile app for the demarcation of forest land rights for the landless indigenous people under the Forest Rights Act. Also, with the launch, Tripura became the first state in India to introduce the Banadhikar App.
At the launching, the Minister said that he has been informed that as many as 1.3 lakh tribal people in Tripura would get access to a uniform map of their land through the Banadhikar app which will add a sense of ownership of the land.
The Minister added, “Land registration and land rights are some of the main areas that need to be addressed with a priority and that’s why the scheme has been rolled out across the country.”
While speaking about Tripura, he said that the state has potentials for growth in the primary sectors like agriculture and other allied sectors. Moreover, in the last three-and-a-half years, a lot of work has been done for the upliftment of these sectors. The rural development minister asked the Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb to explore new avenues for innovation and development of horticultural crops in the forest land.
Viewing the abundance of raw materials in Tripura, the Minister emphasised tapping the potential of business through active bamboo charcoal.
On the occasion, CM Biplab Kumar Deb said that through these new schemes, each and every forest land in Tripura would get a unique ID making the registration process convenient. “People would get a single stop centre for all their queries and the whole land registration system would be made online with zero space for corrupt practices,” he added.