Hyderabad: Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from Telangana, who are worried about the security of their agriculture lands back in their villages, can now heave a sigh of relief. The State government has not only safeguarded their agriculture properties, but also empowered them to sell and carry out other transactions sitting from the comforts of their foreign locations through Dharani portal.
Authorities incorporated new options for the benefit of Telangana NRIs in the Dharani website to enable them to carry out sale and gift deeds through General Power of Attorney (GPA). However, their physical presence is mandatory at the revenue offices while purchasing properties. Further, the NRIs can also apply for conversion of their agriculture lands into non-agriculture properties under NALA (Non-Agricultural Lands Assessment) Act, without requiring to visit the revenue offices in India. They can carry out these property transactions without a pattadar passbook.
The NRIs have to register themselves and upload details of their agricultural properties in their native State through the Dharani portal. This would provide legal protection to the lands of NRIs and prevent others from fraudulently registering these properties in their absence. While it was mandatory to register themselves using Aadhaar number earlier, the NRIs can now register using their passport number and also social security number of their existing country. They can also authorise the GPA holder by uploading the relevant documents only through their login ID/username.
Registration of agricultural land-related transactions gathered momentum ever since the State government relaxed the restrictions since November last year. A total of 3.91 lakh transactions were carried out through the Dharani portal, recording a significant increase in registrations/mutations. The agricultural land transactions have earned over Rs 540 crore revenue for the State government.
In all, about 4.13 lakh applications were submitted through the website, including 3.67 lakh for registration and mutation, 31,515 for succession, 1,846 for partition and 14,832 for NALA conversion.
Another 1.3 lakh applications are pertaining to pending mutations prior to launch of the portal. More than 3.89 lakh applications have been approved including 3.46 lakh registrations and mutations, along with 29,885 succession transactions, 1,784 partitions and 13,641 NALA conversions.
The number of options for registration of agricultural properties have increased from four to more than 32 since the launch of Dharani portal. As a result, more than 95 per cent of agricultural property ownership-related issues have been solved in the State. The officials are planning to add more options in order to resolve all pending issues and safeguard the ownership of the agricultural lands in Telangana.
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