Government embarks on massive purification of land records  

No accurate data on assigned lands in 10 thousand villages, urban surplus lands in Telangana.

Published: 13th July 2017 11:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2017 11:08 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The revenue department has launched a massive exercise of purification of records across the state. The land details in TS are incorrect and, according to an official estimate, the details of assigned lands are not accurate in around 10,000 villages. The details of surplus lands in Hyderabad too have not been updated. Hence the drive.

Deputy chief minister (revenue) Mohammad Mahmood Ali gave specific instructions to the staff for purification of records for all the lands across the state. He gave specific instruction on 16 key subjects of the department. Accordingly, revenue officials will visit every village in the state and conduct gram sabhas (village meetings) for purification of the records on the spot. 

Special chief secretary (revenue) BR Meena said it was the responsibility of the district collectors to reduce the pendency of mutation cases. 
Some of the key problems and solutions with regard to land records in the state are:
The ownership of the land in revenue records ie not changed for several years, especially of the lands of the deceased, partition deeds and others. Even as the lands or those occupied, the revenue records are not still having the names of old occupants for decades.
Gram Sabhas
The revenue department will conduct gram sabhas to verify who the heir to the deceased land is. Take the opinions of the villagers and change the ownership in records. The names of the actual occupants of the lands too will be updated in Pahani records.
Survey numbers
 If one survey number has 10 acres of land under it, some persons crated bogus records. Thus, the total claim to the land may increase to 15 to 20 acres under the same survey number. Some even obtained bank loans on fake documents. The names of the fake owners will be removed from records after holding the grama sabhas.
Govt lands
The government distributed lands to the poor but the village maps have not been modified accordingly. Now a fresh survey ill be conducted and the mapping of the distributed lands will be done. Accordingly, supplementary Setvar will be published.
Assigned lands
According to an estimate, there are no proper details of assigned lands in around 10,000 villages. The revenue department has decided to collect and update the information.
Surplus lands
Even in cities like Hyderabad, the surplus lands are not properly demarcated. In Hyderabad, the maximum land one family can hold is 1,000 square metres. If a family has 4,000 sq.metres, the remaining 3,000 sq. metres of the land will become surplus. 

However, if the entire land is under one survey number. There are instances of the entire land, including the 1,000 sq.metres of the family within the ceiling limit, being banned for registrations. 
In some other instance, the total 4,000 sq.metres is not covered by the ban. Thus, the family can sell away 3,000 sq.metres of land too. The demarcation of surplus lands will be taken up now.

Prohibited lands
The department will have control over Gairan, Poramboke and Kharij Khata lands, evacuees lands, enemies lands, Wakf and endowments lands. The records of all these lands, whose registration is banned, will be updated under Section 22A of the Revenue Act and sent to the registration department immediately.
Legal cases
The revenue department has also decided to update the details of court cases on official portal so that gullible persons cannot purchase those lands.
Training classes
Revenue dept has decided to conduct training programme for MROs, deputy collectors and VROs at MCR HRD Institute in the city from July 13 to 15.


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