‘Lack of Proper Database Responsible for Land Issues’
Pointing out the ill-effects of not having a specific system for land registration and other purposes, Revenue Principal Secretary G Kamalavardhana Rao, who probed the land grab cases involving Salim Raj, the former gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, has stated that there is no common land database for the Registration, Revenue and Survey departments, unlike other states.
In his report, the Revenue Principal Secretary observed that on close analysis of the cases, the issues which cropped up due to lack of database and other facilities were hard to overlook.
The Registration Department depends heavily on document writers since they were empowered to investigate the title of the properties as per the Document Writers Licence Rules, 1960.
The rules warranted amendments making the Registration Officer liable for lapses, if any.
Registration officials are unable to obtain any certificates from the Revenue Department before registration of documents, about the saleability of the land in question.
Appropriate amendment in registration rules needs to be brought in, insisting the Record of Right (ROR) from the village officers at the time of registration of the documents, the report stated.
“Computerisation of land records will solve this issue completely.
“The National Informatics Centre has taken up the project on a mission-mode. The re-survey of the villages, initiated in early 1990s, has not been completed in a time-bound manner till now,” Rao pointed out.
Meanwhile, Salim Raj deposed before the Princial Secretary that he had never visited any of the Revenue offices related to the issue of Kadakampalli, nor visited the office of the Commissioner of Land revenue or the office of the Thiruvananthapuram District Collector and the village offices.