Jeddah: Telangana NRIs living in Gulf countries hailed Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s decision to introduce revolutionary and historical reforms in revenue and municipal laws to provide corruption and hassle- free services to the people.
Living a decent life, owning a house and agriculture land back home in Telangana is one of the prime objectives behind the Gulf dream of many NRIs, for whom Chandrashekhar Rao’s proposed amendments is a matter of joy.
Hailing Chief Minister’s decision to bring in new Acts, Metta Rameshchandra, prominent Dubai based NRI, termed the move as one that would remove one of the last relics of the age-old ‘inspector raj.’
Narrating his own experience, Rameshchandra said that he has been struggling to secure title for his part of remaining land in his ancestral village Bornaplli in Raikal Mandal of Jagitial district for the last seven years.“When I travel from Dubai to India on vacation, I spend most of the time by running behind revenue officials in the Mandal,” he added.
S Venu Reddy, another long term NRI in Dubai, said that his family land record in Choppadandi Mandal in Karimnagar district remained inconclusive in the last 25 years.
Jeddah based Mohammed Asghar Ali, a native of Bhanunagar in Hyderabad, revealed his struggle in completing the mutation process of his house in the city.
Rambhupal Reddy, a native of Pargi in Vikarabad district, working in Riyadh revealed that several of his friends in Saudi Arabia had faced uphill task for land mutation job.
“It was a nightmare experience for agriculture land mutation. Unable to get it done, I sold the land”, recalled Mubeen Masrath, a NRI in Riyadh.
Purchasing property is not just labouriously complex but also insecure as the present system in the State provides little or no protection to owner’s title.
Like other States, Telangana also does not guarantee title. A buyer must carry out due diligence by investigating the seller’s title and bear responsibility for the eventuality if the title is proved to be defective. In other words, the State does not even guarantee the accuracy of the land record it maintains. Thus, if a buyer has acted in reliance upon governmental records to purchase a piece of land and finds that the seller’s title was defective, the State will not compensate the buyer.
However, for first time not just in India but also in South Asia, Telangana Chief Minister has plans to introduce Conclusive Land Titling System (CLTS) provided guaranteed title, compensation in case of any ownership dispute.