The massive rectification, simplification and updating of land records exercise took off across the State on Friday with the active participation of farmers who assisted revenue officials in their work.
District Collectors of all districts chalked out village-wise survey dates and sent teams comprising tahsildars, deputy tahsildars, agriculture officers, village revenue officers (VRO) and specially trained teams to the villages to kick start the programme on a grand note.
Finance Minister Etela Rajender inaugurated the land records rectification programme in Sirsapalli village in Karimnagar district. Speaking on the occasion, he said cleansing of land records in Telangana was a bold decision of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao. “It will bring down land disputes and save the time of revenue officials. Though previous governments started the Revenue Sadasulu programme, it was a short-lived dream and problems remained unsolved,” Rajender said.
Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy inaugurated the programme in Golapally of Ramreddy mandal in Karimnagar. He said once all the records were updated, the government would be ready to provide input assistance to farmers and appealed to all the farmers to cooperate with the officials during the survey programme.
Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy launched the programme in Rangareddy district and hailed the decision to rectify the land records. “The Chief Minister has taken up this massive exercise to update land records on a mission mode, and it will be useful in future,” he said. Later, the Minister handed over the IB forms to farmers whose lands were found to be litigation-free.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary SP Singh held a review meeting with all Head of Departments (HoDs) and asked them to provide lists of lands in the possession of various departments and submit it to the Revenue Department to update the details. He directed all the department officials to prepare the list of department lands village-wise and submit it to the Collectors concerned. “Assets belonging to each government department should be incorporated in revenue records. Till now, departmental assets were not recorded in village revenue records and the officials should utilise the drive to correct this,” the Chief Secretary said.
Singh said assets of Central government such as Railways. National Highways, Telecoms, Power Grid and other Central government departments should also be recorded village-wise. He also directed officials involved in the land survey that market yard, schools, go downs, roads and other assets and land details should also be recorded during the drive. “In most villages, donor names continue to exist in the records even after permanent government structures were setup in those lands. These details should be corrected,” the Chief Secretary said.
Source: Telangana Today