Giriraj Singh publishes e-book on land governance reforms announced in the budget

Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Giriraj Singh has announced that soon people across the country will be able to obtain their land records in their own language. He said the Ministry of Land Resources, MoRD, plans to roll out the multilingual software from April 2022. After that, the land records will be available in 22 languages. The minister was speaking after the publication of an e-book on the land governance reforms announced in the budget entitled ‘Empowering Citizens-Powering India’.

Speaking on the locally developed NGDRS software, Shri Giriraj Singh said that the NGDRS software costs about 4 crores to the government, but the use of this software has resulted in increased land revenue by the state governments. The minister said the state NGDRS is being implemented in 13 states which will benefit 22 million people. So far, 30.9 lakh of documents have been registered through the system from which revenue of over 16,000 crore has been received.

The Minister said that after the deployment of ULPIN (Unique Land Plot Identification Number) in the country, no one can take away the rights of the poor. Linking ULPIN with PAN, Aadhar, land registries, courts and banking system will eliminate corruption and fraud in land matters. So far, ULPIN is deployed in 14 states. The minister also called on state governments to sensitize the population on land reforms.

The content of the e-book is linked to the Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (ULPIN), National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) and Multilingual Land Records – to break the language barrier in land records. There has been tangible transparency in the information and management of land records following the adoption of digital technology by the Department of Land Resources. A Unique Land Identification Number (ULPIN) to each plot of land is assigned to plots of land to prevent fraudulent and Benami real estate transactions. Further digitization of land records will empower citizens and India for Atmanirbhar Bharat – the Prime Minister’s vision. In addition, updated land registries will significantly reduce delays in compensation payments and provide significant rehabilitation and resettlement benefits for land acquisition. Multilingual land registers will facilitate access to information for potential individuals in their regional and native languages.

Union Minister of State for Steel and Rural Development, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil, Secretary, Department Land Resources Shri Ajay Tirkey and Secretary, Department of Rural Development Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, Shri Sonmoni Borah, Co-Secretary, DoLR were also present on the occasion.

(With GDP entries)

Gregory M. Roy