Centre stops fund to Telangana for laxity

Centre stops fund to Telangana for laxity
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The Union government has stopped funding the State government, after its failure in taking up the land survey and digitisation of all land records programme, that was launched in 2015. 

Hyderabad: The Union government has stopped funding the State government, after its failure in taking up the land survey and digitisation of all land records programme, that was launched in 2015.

The Telangana government embarked on a giant exercise of digitising land records in the State, to curb the growing land disputes, encroachments and illegal registration of lands, under the centrally supported National Land Records Management Project two years ago.

As the Nizamabad district was already covered under Bhubharati scheme in 2006, the government prepared plans to take up the programme in seven out of 10 districts in the first phase. In the second phase, government planned to cover Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts.

Top officials of the State Revenue and CCLA (Chief Commissioner Land Administration) told The Hans India that the digitisation of land records scheme had remained on papers only. It has been two years, but the programme has not yet started in any identified district of Telangana.

The Union government already released Rs 100 crore as central component for ambitious Rs 300 crore programme, but the funds were not utilised for the purpose. As part of the agreement under the land records management project, Centre agreed to bear Rs 200 crore expenditure to be incurred under the scheme.

Surveying lands, updating records and digitising the same were part of the programme. Officials said that all the District Collectors were entrusted responsibility to take up the project in coordination with Revenue, Municipal Administration and Urban Development and Panchayat Raj departments.

The scheme had been stopped at an initial stage only on the instructions of the CCLA and the Chief Minister Office (CMO) as the district authorities informed the government that land records were missing in many cases and in some cases records were tampered.

Without verification, digitisation of records is not possible. The officials also found boundary disputes and cases on the ownership of lands pending in the courts coupled with political pressure from different quarters stalled the entire programme.

Government had planned to make all land records available online after digitisation to check the growing menace of land encroachments, but it did not materialise it so far. Officials said that as the State government did not submit the utilisation certificate, Centre stopped release of funds.

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