OdishaLIVE Bureau

Most of us might have visited the land registration office in connection with a query or with a friend or relative. If not then we might have heard stories of the hassles a near and dear one might have faced while dealing with land registration irrespective of the place they are in.

The arrival of a new government at the centre brought forth promises of transparency and better governance which sadly has eluded India from the past 70 years. It is saddening to note that no real change took place in the official machinery of the country and the rather large promises were merely relegated to paper and advertisements on behalf of the govt.

Well, change begins at home and rightly so. The Odisha govt. has decided to implement Cashless Land Registration in the state from September 1 onwards. The transaction would be digital and cashless. In case there is an inconvenience, there is option of paying via Cheque or a Demand Draft said Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty.

These efforts by the Govt. will help exclude the human factor to the dealing of land registrations and hence  held eradicate corruption and malpractice. This system will also help check the unlawful disposal of immovable property by unscrupulous individuals and entities.

Further the Govt. has directed all Revenue Inspectors (RI’s) across the state to hold Lok Adalat of second Saturdays and Sundays of every month to lessen the burden of people and decrease inconvenience people face when applying for land mutation and conversion process.

It is indeed heartening to see the govt. working for the benefit of the citizens and work towards ensuring corruption free and transparent practices. We hope other states too follow the example and make life easier for applicants to the Land Revenue department.