The digitisation of the 7/12 receipts of 2.46 crore land title documents in Maharashtra, is expected to be over by the end of July 2017, instead of in May, as was envisaged earlier, a revenue officer has revealed.
According to the officer, the government has so far achieved 80.58% digitisation.
“The digitisation of revenue documents, means that every land ownership document will be available on the state government’s server and it can be accessed from any corner of the state. This will bypass the nuisance value of the village-level revenue officer (Talathi) who so far, has been the only authority to issue 7/12 Utara. In the last 10 years, some revenue documents were available through the internet but the digitally signed 7/12 receipt, which means accurate and updated record, is going to be available for land owners for the first time,” said Santosh Bhogale, deputy secretary, Revenue Department.
The 7/12 receipt is a crucial piece of document for the establishment of ownership of a piece of land. The receipt is extensively used by farmers, for loan agreements, crop survey and for availing government facilities. Till some years ago, hand-written 7/12 receipts were prepared by Talathis, who have the power to make changes in these receipts. This resulted in several instances, wherein, officers misused their authority. To avoid this, the state government had come up with the idea of digitisation of all revenue documents.
Earlier, the state government had announced that the digitisation project will be completed by March 31, 2017. However, due to complexities involved, the government decided to take more time and avoid errors in the project, sources had said. Several cases have been pending in civil courts across the state, due to errors or wrong documentation of 7/12 receipts. Bhogale said that the government has so far achieved 80.58% digitisation of the 2.46 crore 7/12 receipts in the state.
“Earlier, the entire record of land and its ownership was handled manually and hence, the procedure was time consuming. The system will also provide for updates to the database. As land is sold, its purpose changed from agriculture to non-agriculture, or land is acquired for infrastructure projects, the 7/12 receipts’ database will be updated automatically, once such deals are executed,” he said.
Another official said there are 18 districts in Maharashtra, where the digitisation of revenue documents has been 90 per cent completed. “On the other hand, districts like Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri have 39.39 per cent and 49.71 per cent completion only. Legal cases and complicated land transfer decisions, have affected the digitisation drive in these districts,” he said.