Land services to improve with launch of app: ministry



| Updated:
January 11, 2022 09:57:02


Land utilities are expected to improve a lot with the online application launched last week.

This would allow landowners to obtain the Register of Rights (RoR) and map through the apps, Lands Ministry officials said.

The app would allow landowners to pay all types of fees, including RoR (khatian/porcha) app, land development (LD) fees and e-registration through mobile financial services (MFS), a land secretary Mustafizur Rahman told the FE. Saturday.

He said landowners will get the services without going to land offices.

When a customer requests land RoR or maps through digital services from their phone or computer, they can get the documents at their doorstep, he added.

The Postal Service would deliver it to customers at their homes through Postal Services, the Land Secretary said.

The ministry has also set up a call center that customers can use to request to receive the RoR and terrain maps through their regular phones instead of smart phones.

“Property owners can also get the service by simply calling 16122. The hotline operator will make the request on behalf of the clients. The application process will only take 4 minutes.”

Anyone can request Khatian or Mouza Map in 4 minutes by calling 16122. Anyone can pay the fee immediately. Land development tax can also be paid in the same way, a senior official said.

Fees can be paid through digital financial services such as Nagad, Rocket, bKash and Upay or by any debit or credit card, he added.

In addition to calling 16122, landowners can also apply in person by visiting the Land Department’s web platform (www.land.gov.bd), or through the Bhumi-Seba Land Department’s mobile app or with help from the union land office.

“After completing the application, the applicant will receive an ID and a delivery date via SMS after payment of the fee by MFS. On the specified date, the Bangladesh Postal Service representative will deliver the RoR or card to the applicant’s address,” the official said.

He said any citizen can view RoR from anywhere in the virtual check-in room. Also, he can get a certified copy of land documents at the counter by paying Tk 50, and at their doorstep by paying an additional Tk 40 as a fee.

Land Secretary Mustafizur Rahman said that they have already integrated land services under digital platform (like e-porcha, e-registration, LD tax system and virtual hearing) over the past 2-3 years.

Digitization would help reduce corruption and make the government more accountable to the people, he said.

Additionally, citizens now have the ability to deposit fees directly to the Treasury through MFS and collect Duplicate Carbon Receipts (DCRs) online without visiting land offices.

This will significantly reduce the costs and the suffering of the people, the secretary said.

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Gregory M. Roy