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Ahmedabad banks on biometrics to check land grab

Administration collecting biometric details of farmers and linking these to land ownership papers

Written by KapilDave | Gandhinagar | Published: May 8, 2012 4:30 am

Administration collecting biometric details of farmers and linking these to land ownership papers

In order to check the rising incidences of land frauds in Ahmedabad district,collector Vijya Nehra has started a process of linking biometric details of farmers with the ownership document or “7/12 Utaro”,as it is known in local parlance,of the farm land that they own. In future,no sale of land can take place without a match between the two.

“To prevent land-related frauds,we have started taking thumb impressions and pictures of all the farmers as per their names in the 7/12 document. Once all the data is compiled in the next few months,we will make a match between the two compulsory for any land deal. If these two differ,we will register a case of forgery. The project is called E-Jamin,” Nehra told The Indian Express.

“We have already completed data for around 34% (around 2 lakh) of the registered farmers in the district. We plan to step up the drive during the ongoing Krishi Mahotsav. Officials will visit all the villages with camera and other instruments for this purpose,” he added.

The state administration has been laying a lot of emphasis on creating transparency in land dealings after a number of cases of land-grabbing and fraudulent transactions came to light in the last few years.

The special investigation team (SIT) formed for looking into land scams and similar offences in Ahmedabad district and the city has received more than 1,017 complaints in the past two years. Of these,767 were registered in 2011 while the rest were lodged in 2010.

Officials say fraudsters use tricks like forgery,false power of attorney and duplication of sale deeds. Most of the land-grabbers are involved in more than one case. In Ahmedabad,around 310 people have been booked under various sections of IPC in such cases.

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