Create dashboard for continuously monitoring removal of encroachments: Bhatnagar to revenue deptt

'Most of the services offered by department to be made online

JAMMU, January 12: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar today directed the revenue department to create a dashboard for continuous and effective monitoring of the removal of encroachments on government land.

He asked them to devise a mechanism under which no retrieved patch of land is re-encroached. He advised them to prioritize the commercial chunks of land to be retrieved first followed by others. He asked them to red flag any instance of new encroachment or re-encroachment by fixing responsibility down the line showing no laxity in taking action against those responsible for it.

The Advisor made these remarks while assessing the performance of the revenue department in a meeting here.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary, Revenue; Custodian General; IG Registrations, Jammu and other officers of the department. The Divisional Commissioners attended the meeting through video conferencing.

The Advisor impressed upon the officers to redress all grievances satisfactorily being fair, responsive and just. He asked them that the department is the primary interface of governance for the public so they have to be accessible to them every time. He advised them to make all the services provided by them online so that the waiting period for the public is drastically reduced.

He enjoined the officers to work out the requirements of infrastructure and tools for offering IT enabled services to the general public. He asked them to give him the details of all the ongoing projects, their executive agencies, schemes they are developed under and the requirement of funds for completion of each of them. He assured them that most of their requirements would be fulfilled on priority.

The Advisor also enquired about the process of digitization of land records, expunging of illegal entries, reconstructing the missing records afresh and progress of revenue courts. He called for a comprehensive report on all the cases pending in their courts besides the timeline showing progress registered so far.

In his presentation, the Commissioner Secretary informed the Advisor that 371901.1 Kanals of State, 110515.8 Kanal of Kacharai and 1314.11 Kanals of common land has been retrieved from encroachers to date.

The meeting was further informed that digitization of land records for Srinagar and Jammu is in the final stage and is slated to be completed in the coming February. It was also said that the work on updating Jamabandis in the remaining districts is going to be completed this month followed by the digitization of the same immediately in a decentralized manner.

Regarding the settlement & digital survey of all 6850 revenue villages, it was said that the draft survey manual has been prepared, the project management module is also under process. They also revealed that the use of CORS and Drone/DGPS technology would be used for the digital surveys of these villages.

The meeting also dealt in detail about the proposed roadmap for online services to get revenue extracts besides integration of mutation and registration system for real-time updation of revenue records without any extra encumbrance.

The meeting was apprised that with the addition of about 127 slots a week in favour of each Sub-Registrar the process of registration of properties has become quick and easy. It was said that around 60% increase in registration of properties through these offices has been made this year than the previous year. The registrations in 2021 were calculated at 65626 in contrast to only 39039 registrations made in 2020.

Moreover, it was informed that initiatives like e-office, change of land use, JKNGDRS customization have been implemented and reforms like revenue court cases information and monitoring system, land passbooks, property cards, land grant rules are in process and shortly being made available to the public for their general ease and advantage.