Hyderabad: The land cleansing and updating programme launched by the State government has been progressing swiftly with about 80 per cent of land extent in 1,219 revenue villages covered so far getting a clean chit during the drive.
The three-and-half-month massive exercise, launched on September 15, is aimed at eliminating land litigation, updating and computerising revenue records which had not been done for decades. Encouraged by the positive results that the drive has thrown up, farmers are coming out in large numbers to clear long-pending revenue record litigations.
The programme is progressing as per schedule and in accordance with the aims and objectives. Revenue officials, who are putting in a lot of effort, have also come in for praise from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
Within 19 days of the launch of the programme, officials completed purification of land records in 1,219 villages and the teams are working to complete another 200 villages in the next couple of days, Land Records Purification Mission Special Officer Vakati Karuna told Telangana Today.
The State government is keen on covering all the 10,875 villages during the 100-day drive which would be completed by the end of December so as to enable every farmer to have new updated revenue records by January next year.
During the drive, the revenue and special teams verified 14.19 lakh survey numbers spread across 29.72 lakh acres and declared that 23.96 lakh acres were litigation-free, accounting for 81 per cent of the land extent. “This is the first time in the history of the country that revenue officials have verified almost 30 lakh acres within the span of 19 days,” Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali said.
During the visit, revenue officials give landowners Form IB, which carries all details of respective land holdings. Once the records are checked and signed by the farmers, the process of updation and computerisation commences. It is an interesting to note that under phase I of the programme, clarity has been established in more than 80 per cent of lands. Objections, complaints and suggestions on other lands are also being elicited as part of the programme. They will be taken up in phase II. In some villages, cent per cent of land records have been updated and purified in the phase I itself.
Karuna said farmers were showing interest to know the status of their holdings and that their participation was extraordinary. “The teams are on door-to-door visits and taking objections if any and those will be rectified during phase II. If any minor mistakes are found, they will be settled on the spot,” she said.