With government lands and their titles coming under scanner after the controversy over former minister Eknath Khadse’s MIDC land deal and the senior IPS officer Dhananjay Kamlakar’s case, the Inspectorate General of Registration and Stamps Department has been reaching out to Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and other government bodies to go in for e-registration to ensure transparency, but has been getting a poor response from them. “We are not getting the desired response,” the IGR office said.
“We wrote to MIDC and other government bodies in December last year to go in for e-registration. These government bodies acquire and lease out huge tracts of government lands. However, we have not got the necessary response vis-a-vis e-registration of the land,” said a senior official from the IGR.
The official said that the e-registration would bring in transparency and ensure proper title of the land, leaving no ambiguity.
With MIDC lands spread out at Bhosari, Hinjewadi, Baramati, Chakan, and new companies willing to invest in Pune, the IGR had mooted the e-registration process.
“There are papers dating back to 30-40 years. The officials have to maintain a track record of these papers. If e-registration is done, it will bring about transparency and ensure that everything can be seen online,” said the official.
The MIDC, on its side, is figuring how to go about it and working on the technical issues, and is yet deliberating on the e-registration process and how it can be done, said the officials.
“E-registration of land or property reduces risk of fraud and helps solve disputes easily as well creates and maintains an up-to-date public record,” said MIDC officials, adding that they are looking at addressing new leave and license registration through online registration soon.
Property registration refers to the registration of document changes in ownership and transactions involving immovable property. The process of registering land or property documents has several loopholes, leading middlemen and babus to indulge in corrupt practices.
The online e-registration system is set to change this and this way, MIDC will find it easier to reach out to all other bodies_Irrigation, PWD and other departments.
IGR officials said that the e-registration process has been simplified for providing evidence of titles and facilitating transactions and is slated as a long way in preventing the unlawful disposal of land.
If the government bodies take on e-registration, the much-needed tree of ownership, reduced visits to different offices, calculation of payment of stamp duty based on stored data, e-registration also helped in rationalising broker fees and negated the need for bribes to officials.
Moreover, the old land registrations can be soon seen on e-search with the IGR having completed 90 per cent of scanning of these documents in the state. With nearly 4.25 crore documents, the IGR has completed uploading of 3.76 crore documents.