KOCHI: In a promising move, the Ernakulam district administration has set a target to introduce online ‘pokkuvaravu’ in all villages of the district by August. District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla said the work for introducing the move has entered its final stage. A meeting in this regard was held at Safirulla’s chamber on Monday. The ‘thandaper’ and other documents from resurvey held at 54 village offices will be digitised by August.
After completion of the digitisation, land taxes will be accepted online. In the district, the online ‘pokkuvaravu’ system began functioning in 73 village offices from last month. The digitisation needs to take place in remaining 54 village offices.
Safirulla also evaluated the operation of village offices where online ‘pokkuvarvu’ has been implemented.
He directed the village offices to ensure the ‘pokkuvaravu’ is done in a transparent and people-friendly manner to ensure the project’s success. As part of introducing online ‘pokkuvaravu’ in 73 villages, 22 lakh documents were digitised.
With the introduction of online ‘pokkuvarvu’, the ‘thandaper’ of the seller has to be registered before the land title deed is registered. This will enable authorities to examine old title deeds, curb malpractices in land registration and help the public avoid getting cheated.
If the land is purchased from the person who has registered ‘thandperu’ at village office, the ‘pokkuvarvu’ will be completed within 15 days without filing a separate application.
The state government had decided to introduce the online facility in 2015. The documents filed online can be verified by the Registration Department officers faster than when done so physically.