Government strives to achieve land services at hand: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today (Wednesday) that his government is trying to put land services in the hands of the people in order to reduce their suffering and harassment through the digitization of the land.
Management system. “. . . People shouldn’t be harassed; people should not be subjected to suffering. door for that, ”she said. She said this during the inauguration of Bhumi Bhaban (land construction) and other development activities as the main guest. Reaching virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence, the prime minister said more digital technologies are being used in all areas of the land service, including online Khatian collection, inheritance calculators and online databases, to ensure a “land service at hand”. “Our goal is to lead a one hundred percent electronic mutation process and fully digitize Bangladesh’s land management system,” she said. Under the chairmanship of Minister of Lands Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Secretary of Lands, Md Mustafizur Rahman, delivered a welcoming speech. The Ministry of Lands held the opening ceremony of Bhumi Bhaban, Upazila and Union Land Office Buildings, Land Use Planning Tax Online Payment System and Land Database at Osmani Memorial in the capital.
Room. At the start of the ceremony, two video documentaries – one related to the management and reform of land taken by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as well as the digitization of land documents by the current government and another on newly constructed buildings and land. development activities – were planned.
to function. The newly constructed Bhumi Bhaban in the capital’s Tejgaon region is expected to be a “one-stop-shop” hub for land-related services. To facilitate hassle-free services to people, all land-related offices will now be housed under the roof of this Bhaban. Earlier, on September 18, 2014, during his visit to the Ministry of Lands, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on all relevant departments and agencies to come together under one roof and take steps to provide a one-stop-shop for the population. To comply with its guidelines, an initiative was taken to construct a building plot complex at a cost of 184 taka crore to house all offices and agencies under the Ministry of Lands. The Land Reform Council, Land Appeals Board and Department of Land Registers and Surveys under the Ministry of Lands were located in different locations in Dhaka City. Now, the newly constructed 13-story building with two basements and 32,200 square meters of space will be the home of these offices to facilitate the process of land-related services. A day care center has also been set up at the Bhumi Bhaban complex for the comfort of working women. In addition, the building is equipped with a sewage treatment plant system. In addition, a Bangabandhu Corner and a fresco of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have been installed in the complex. The Prime Minister said his government wants to further modernize the land management system and that is why the government has built new office buildings at union and upzila level. In this regard, she also raised the question of why the previous governments which came to power before the Awami League did not renovate or construct new buildings for the land office while these were in progress.
state of disrepair. Sheikh Hasina said that most ironically was that the BNP-Jamaat alliance in 2013 set fire to many land offices across Bangladesh and also killed people, including women and children, by carrying out attacks. arson against moving buses and other vehicles. She continued that in fact the BNP-Jamaat does not work for the people as it is the organization that illegally seized power and established the military.
dictatorship. She went on to say, “They have no responsibility to the people and the country. Power and making money with power as well as activism, terrorism.
and corruption is their only job, and they did. become possible, when AL is in power while we work with sincerity, an ideology, a policy and a far-reaching plan. “Those who come stealing and sit in power, don’t have that responsibility… They make power a place of pleasure and a machine for making money. They don’t focus on the people of the country. and this is the reality. the country and at the same time, vehicles have been provided to them to perform their official duties, to inspect and conduct mobile court hearings. has increased and it becomes possible to provide the desired service to the population ”, a As part of the digital land management, she said the government had already implemented an online khatien collection system, which allowed the landowner to collect the khatien. Virtual recording rooms were created with around 4.92 crore of digitized Khatians across Bangladesh, she said anyone can pick up any Khatien of your choice for free in this digital recording room. The Prime Minister declared é in the 8th five-year plan that the government had placed emphasis on digital land management as part of its land administration development strategy. In this regard, she indicated that three digitization projects have been undertaken to improve and standardize land management. These are the Land Management Automation Project, Digital Land Surveying Capacity Building of the Cadastre and Surveying Department and the National Land Zoning Project based on mouzas and plots, which will be implemented in the coming years. She hoped: “With the completion of these three projects, a historic and radical change will take place in the land management of Bangladesh and the full digitization of the overall management will be possible.” The Prime Minister said that each of the five projects, inaugurated today under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands, will play a leading role in bringing services to the doors of the population. She said under the old system, a landowner had to go to the Union land office to pay the land use tax, but the new method would allow the landlord to pay the tax without going to the office. Sheikh Hasina revealed that on approximately three crore farms in Bangladesh, data entry work of approximately one crore farm has been completed while work on the remaining farm entries is ongoing. “Once the project is implemented, a citizen will be able to get all the information related to the development tax from any place and at any time,” she said. The Prime Minister added, “You can also pay for it online and get the dakhila (submission) online. It will save you time and money as well as harassment.” She said that grassroots people visit Tahsil offices to receive services and that is why a project to build 1,496 land offices at union level is being implemented to provide service to the population. The construction works of 995 Union land offices have already been completed, she said, adding that the construction of 129 upazila land offices, out of 139, has also been carried out to provide better services and preserve land documents. . Source: BSS

Gregory M. Roy