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Land disputes cost more than Rs 58000 Crore in litigation

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, JULY 16, 2017: WHILE speaking at a seminar on 'Land Records & Right to Information Act, 2005, the Chief Information Commissioner, Mr Radha Krishna Mathur, said that almost half of the RTI queries relates to land records. Since it is a state subject, it is incumbent upon the States to put out information on land records in the public domain, he added.

Mr Mathur further said that land issues are at the heart of administrative India and majority of crimes in the society are related to land disputes. He said that the digitization of Land Records will bring about clarity in land holdings, thereby help reduce criminal cases, cut pendency of court cases and also result in huge savings to the public exchequer.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Dinesh Singh, Secretary, Department of Land Resources (DLR), said Land Records is fundamental to every citizen and affects every individual. He said that an integrated Land Information Management System is under implementation which will serve as a single window database for the various stakeholders such as the land owner(s) and civic agencies and linking this database with the Aadhar number will eventually eliminate benami transactions.

Prof M. Sridhar Acharyulu, Information Commissioner, CIC, said almost 66% court cases in the country are related to land disputes costing a whopping Rs.58,000 crore in litigation, both civil and criminal. He said Land Records digitization can help accelerate India's GDP by as much as 1.3%.

Mr. Hukum Singh Meena, Joint Secretary, DLR, Ministry of Rural Development, said Land Records Modernization Programme has been implemented in 31 States and UTs. The process of integrating Aadhar Number and linking it with the Record of Right (RoR) has been undertaken in five States, he added.