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E-mutation project in state may take private-public route

Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse to put forth the proposal before the CM on February 4

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Updated: February 1, 2015 4:54:23 am
Khadse inaugurates the e-mutation system for Bhor taluka. (Source: Express Photo) Khadse inaugurates the e-mutation system for Bhor taluka. (Source: Express Photo)

In a step towards addressing technical glitches which the district administration might face in the implementation of the e-mutation programme and providing necessary technical expertise, the government is exploring the possibility of a private-public partnership in the process. While National Informatics Centre is the sole player for giving technical advice, the government may explore a tie-up with a private player to smoothen the operations of the ambitious e-governance programme.

The idea of inclusion of a private player is all set to be taken up for discussion in the revenue officers meet with the Chief Minister on February 4. With the Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse reviewing the programme and officials putting forth issues which can surface, senior officials said that inclusion of a “public-private partnership cannot be ruled out” for the programme.

On Saturday, the minister inaugurated the online e-mutation entries for Bhor taluka in Pune district after which the senior officials had a meeting to address issues. The programme comes under the modernisation of land records management system under the National Land Records modernisation programme which is being implemented in the country from August 2008. With the land records being managed by the revenue department and the property registration being carried out by the registration department, the programme proposes to computerise sub registrar offices and the land records office and integrate registration and land records maintainance system which will generate automatic mutation registration and keep the land records up to date.

chartIn Pune district, the pilot was initiated with Mulshi, following which Bhor and Pune city were taken up. This will be followed by seven other talukas and the last four will be completed by February 28 ahead of the March deadline. The main components of the programme is computerisation of land records which requires data entry, data conversion of all textual records including mutation records and other land attributes data, digitisation of cadastral maps, irrigation of textual and spatial data, tehsil, subdivision computer centres, state-level data centres and inter-connectivity among revenue offices.

It will be carried out with satellite imagery as well as existing maps. The e-mutation being an online programme aims at faster and accurate delivery of documents and completion of land transactions. A mutation document at sub-registrar office will be taken up at the tehsildar’s office. The tehsildar will further check the documents and generate a notice which will be delivered to the parties concerned. The document will then go for further entries through an online system which will restrict visits of a buyer/seller to tehsildar offices and circle offices as the parties will receive online notice and after a 15-day period, for any objection, the system will generate the online mutation and a print out can be taken.

Saurabh Rao, Pune district collector, said that once the online system was operational in all the 14 talukas of the district, the real challenge would be to ensure smooth functioning without technical glitches. “That will be the real challenge and for this, we have to give our staff adequate training. The training was last given two years back. We will have to work out schedule for the training so that the staff are adept at handling any kind of technical query,’’ said Rao after the Bhor e-mutation programme. He also said that they had put forth the issue of technical glitches and the revenue minister had taken a note of it.

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