Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao decided to launch the much-awaited land registration system and Dharani, a website meant to maintain land records, only after complete purification of the records and updating the data bank of land owners. He felt that though the purification of land records was completed, these have to be updated immediately and errors should be rectified, failing which Dharani will not serve its purpose.
At a marathon meeting with Collectors, Ministers and other officials at Pragati Bhavan on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said for decades together, a large number of disputes and disparities existed in villages due to lack of proper records pertaining to lands and related issues. “The earlier governments failed to find solutions to these problems, including those involving government lands and disputes between revenue and forest departments. To put an end to this, the government initiated and completed cleansing, rectifying and updating land records,” Rao said.
He said no other State in India dared to take up land records purification as it was a difficult task. He said in accordance with the cleansing of land records, farmers were provided with Rythu Bandhu cheques and pattadar passbooks. “But there are a few gaps that need to be filled. The programme needs to be accomplished with 100 per cent success,” he said, asking members of Rythu Samanvaya Samithis (Farmers Coordination Committees), Ministers and MLAs to participate in the programme to ensure its completion.
Further, the Chief Minister said farmers were living on agriculture with meagre income from their lands. “Majority of farmers in the State are small and marginal farmers with around 18 lakh farmers having less than one acre land holding. In case of death of a farmer, his/her family undergoes a lot of turmoil. Hence, the State government decided to launch an insurance scheme where Rs 5 lakh will be paid to the bereaved family,” he said.
The life insurance will be provided through Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and discussions are on to finalise modalities with the LIC authorities. While the premium amount will be paid by government on behalf of the farmers, every farmer will be given the insurance documents. “From application to claim of insurance, the whole process will be a simplified one. Insurance money will be transferred to the nominee automatically on the death of a farmer,” he said.