THOOTHUKUDI: Thanks to a new initiative by Kovilpatti Sub-Collector K Vijayakarthikeyan, the revenue department has started to issue patta or the land transfer document, within an hour. Vijayakarthikeyan said that in the last six days, 172 people were given pattas in an hour. “The scheme is successful and would definitely be emulated in other areas,” he said.
While the erstwhile process of patta transfer had kept applicants waiting for months, an applicant can now get the land document within an hour if she/he submits all related documents.
The new move launched by Vijayakarthikeyan at ‘Jama Pandhi’ held on 16 June followed the State government’s several e-governance initiatives to simplify the process of patta distribution and one such recent initiative was the ‘Fast Track Patta Transfer Scheme’ to issue the document in just two weeks at special camps.
At a grievance meeting held at the Collectorate on last Thursday, farmers thanked the administration for carrying out the scheme which could benefit several farmers and villagers.
Rajagopal, a farmer of Malaipatti near Ottapidaram, who was one among many to receive patta within one hour on the very first day of launching the new initiative, said that previously the process of getting patta was cumbersome as irrelevant documents had been asked by officials.
Even court orders were not followed by officials, claimed Rajagopal, adding that the new scheme should be of great help to rural people where land transfers were done quite often.
Echoing similar views, Suresh Kannan, a construction labour also from Malaipatti, said that the scheme had greatly eliminated corruption and covered other areas of the district.
Speaking to Express about the new initiative, Vijayakarthikeyan said the main objective of the initiative was to reduce corruption and red-tapism.
Only three documents, — the proofs of original land holding, purchasing the land and residential address of buyer and seller, were required to apply.
However, he clarified that if land documents had any problem like the number of heirs, the patta would be distributed after thorough verification. Vijayakarthikeyan hoped that his initiative would create change in policy-making and benefit economically weaker sections.