Government of Bihar to supply ETS machines to amins to speed up surveying work
The state government will soon provide Electronic Total Station (ETS) machines for land measurement and ongoing survey work in 20 districts to newly recruited amins as part of the Revenue Department’s plans to digitize records land tenure and speed up land surveys, officials said. .
ETS machines used in surveying work are believed to be accurate in land measurements and remove manual interference in land measurement, which is one of the main reasons for land disputes. The Amins are those appointed by the government to measure the land. They have knowledge of land measurement and surveying work.
“Amins will perform the land measurement at village level with ETS machines. We are supplying these machines in bulk so that there is more transparency in land measurement and corrupt practices are eliminated, ”said Minister of the Ministry of Revenue and Land Reforms, Ram Surat Rai. . He said the process of purchasing the ETS machines was in the final stages and distribution would start from October.
In Bihar, the special survey of land registers held in 20 districts is at different stages such as Kistawar (mapping), Khanapurthi (fill in the blanks), Tasdiq (attestation). The Kistawar and the Khanapurthi are the two main stages of the field survey where the surveyors and amins are responsible for measuring the land according to the records for their update according to the new sale and the purchase of the property.
A process is already underway to digitize the Register of Rights (Khatiyan) by updating the registers of beneficial owners of the land.
People familiar with the case said the revenue department is also working on a proposal to introduce the slot reservation system to have its land mapped by surveyors. This will contribute to the transparency of land mapping and give landowners flexibility to have their land mapped at the appropriate time of their choosing and prevent them from depending on others to stay in the fields when the mapping work is in progress. . “The proposal is under consideration,” the minister said.
Bearing in mind the pending litigation cases, mainly those related to minor disputes, the revenue department has already asked the officers of the district and station houses (SHO), as well as the sub-divisional officers, to keep weekly meetings every Saturday to review pending cases and take action to resolve them.
The Departments of Interior and Revenue, as well as the Bihar Prashashanik Sudar Mission, have now started to work on a plan to separate all cases of land dispute by assessing its nature and complexity by providing a unique code indicating whether the Litigation is related to personal land dispute, government land encroachment, land measurement disputes and cases pending in various courts. Officials said the process will be implemented soon and software is being developed for it.
“The weekly meetings at the level of circle officers and SHOs as well as senior officials to review cases of land disputes and take necessary action are continuing and yielding good results,” said an official from the revenue department.
In Bihar, land disputes are one of the main causes of heinous crimes like murder and rape. According to 2019 data from the National Crime Records Bureau, out of 3,138 murder cases reported in 2019, 782 cases were those in which a land / land dispute was the motive.
The revenue minister said the government will soon assign 566 block-level revenue officers to help circle officers manage revenue issues. “The assignment of new revenue officers would reduce the burden on the circle officers who are often assigned to law enforcement and other work, which affects the settlement of land affairs,” said Rai.
New legislation to resolve issues related to land disputes and establishing the responsibility of agents to dispose of transfer petitions within a period of time is under consideration by the revenue department. People familiar with the case said the proposed law would allow families facing disputes between co-partners (parties with rights to the property) to transfer by consensus, even if one of the parties is ‘opposes it.
As, if in the family, there are four brothers including three brothers who want to share their ancestral land but one of the brothers is against it, the rest of the three brothers could move to change the land if there is a consensus and a majority view for that. The idea of this new law is to control land affairs and also to update land registers.
Non-division or sharing of land and transfer remains one of the major obstacles to updating land registers due to conflicts between families over the division and sale of ancestral lands. “We are working on this idea and a new law could come. We take a legal point of view on this and the necessary measures will follow, ”said Minister of Revenue Ram Surat Rai.