Wayanad district in Kerala is land scam proof, Kottayam to follow suit

From ET Realty

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Incidents like the infamous Kadakampally land deal, wherein the same land was sold to many persons by manipulating the land documents, will be a thing of past now. Wayanad has become the first district in the state to complete the online integration of village offices and sub-registrar offices, avoiding any chance of such manipulations.

The revenue and registration departments have completed the task of integrating all 49 village offices in the district with the seven sub-registrar offices online, which has in effect integrated any update happening in both the offices on a common database. “There won’t be any possibility of showing duplication in revenue records like the thandaper register or basic tax register with the integration. This will ensure that the revenue data are tamper-proof,” Wayanad district collector Keshavendra Kumar said.

Kottayam will follow suit on February 27, with the integration of all 100 village offices in the district with the 23 sub-registrar offices. When a property is registered at a sub-registrar office, a scanned copy of the document will be made available to the village officer. Also, the computer will generate a thandaper number and it will be made available at the sub-registrar offices, making it impossible for faking it.

Revenue department sources said 474 of the 1,664 village offices in the state had gone online through this integration and they aimed at integrating all offices with the 314 sub-registrar offices in the state in another six months. “As many as 294 sub-registrar offices are already online, offering the facility for online property registration. The remaining ones will be ready with the facility in another three weeks,” IG (registrations) Mir Muhammed Ali said.

The National Informatics Centre has come up with an online tax payment software, which will be installed in all village offices that have gone online. The government has also permitted online remittance of taxes, which will reflect in all revenue and registration offices.

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