Government tried to put land services in the hands of the people: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today that her government has tried to put land-related services in the hands of the people to reduce their suffering and harassment through the digitalization of the land management system.

“People should not be harassed; people should not be subjected to suffering rather we wanted to make arrangements to provide land services to them, bearing in mind that they (the people) do not need to go door to door for it,” she said.

She said this during the inauguration of Bhumi Bhaban (Land Building) and other development activities as the main guest.

Joining virtually from her Ganabhaban official residence, the prime minister said more digital technologies were being used in all areas of land tenure, including online khatian collection, inheritance calculators and online databases, to ensure a “land service at your fingertips”.

“Our goal is to conduct a hundred percent e-change process and fully digitize the land management system of Bangladesh,” she said.

Under the chairmanship of the Minister of Lands, Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, the Secretary of Lands, Md Mustafizur Rahman delivered a welcome speech.

The Ministry of Lands held the opening ceremony of Bhumi Bhaban, Upazila and Union Land office buildings, online land payment system
development tax and land database in the capital’s Osmani Memorial auditorium.

At the start of the ceremony, two video documentaries – one related to land management and reform directed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as well as digitization of land documents by the current government and the other on newly constructed buildings and development activities – were projected at a function.

The newly built Bhumi Bhaban in the capital’s Tejgaon area is set to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ hub for land-related services.

To facilitate hassle-free services to the people, all land-related offices will now be housed under the roof of this Bhaban.

Previously, on September 18, 2014, during her visit to the Ministry of Lands, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina headed all relevant departments and
agencies to come together under one roof and take steps to provide one-stop service to the people.

To comply with his directives, an initiative has been taken to build a building complex at a cost of Taka 184 crore to house all the offices and
agencies under the Ministry of Lands.

The Land Reform Board, Land Appeal Board and Land Records and Survey Department of the Ministry of Lands were located at different locations in Dhaka City.

From now on, the newly constructed 13-storey building with two basements of 32,200 square meters will house these offices to facilitate the process of land-related services.

A day care center has also been established at the Bhumi Bhaban complex for the convenience of working women. In addition, the building is equipped with a sewage treatment plant system.

Also, a Bangabandhu corner and a mural of Bangabandhu Nation Father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have been installed in the complex.

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Gregory M. Roy