Telangana government to conduct land survey

Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday charted a course of action for the successful conduct of the comprehensive land survey across the State, beginning September 15.

The survey will be conducted over a period of three-and-half months and would be completed by December 31. “The extensive survey is required to find a permanent solution to land disputes, simplify registration process, transparency in land records maintenance and successful implementation of the agriculture capital scheme,” the Chief Minister said during a marathon, day-long, high-level meeting with Cabinet ministers and officials at Pragathi Bhavan here.

The modalities for the survey were finalised based on the recommendations of the Raghunandan Rao Committee appointed by the government to look into the issue. Finalising the schedule for the land survey and formation of farmers’ societies, Chandrashekar Rao said village level farmers’ societies comprising all farmers will be constituted from September 1 to 9, and simultaneously, farmers’ coordination committees comprising 11 members would also be formed.

Mandal-level workshops
Mandal-level workshops would be conducted for farmers’ coordination committees from September 10 to September 15 to train them on the proposed land survey. The land survey will be conducted in all the mandals of the State with revenue village as the unit. In all, 1,100 such units have been identified across the State and 3,600 teams will be formed to conduct the survey, covering a total of 10,875 villages, the Chief Minister said, adding that each team will comprise revenue officer, agriculture officer and members of the farmers’ coordination committees. The teams will stay put in a village for 30 days to compile the data and would cover three villages each during the survey period.

The teams would hold gram sabhas to consult farmers and carry out corrections in the land records after getting their consent. The Chief Minister himself would lead his Cabinet colleagues and elected representatives in supervising the survey work, with each Minister, MP, MLA and MLC expected to take care of at least one village unit. Officials pointed out to the Chief Minister that 85 to 95 percent of the lands do not have any disputes, and these would be taken up first for the survey. The corrections will include change of name, transactions and other details and a final shape will be given to the records before they are posted online.

Land in dispute
The second phase of the survey will comprise lands that are under dispute, and the land ownership will be decided on the basis of the court verdict. Smaller issues on land ownership will be resolved by the government.

Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali, Ministers Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Jogu Ramanna, Planning Commission vice-chairman Niranjan Reddy and top officials from various departments participated in the meeting.

Source: Telangana Today

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