The West Bengal cabinet has taken a decision, to introduce an online system for granting mutation of properties, the state’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, on December 24, 2018. The move will benefit people who complain of harassment by block land reform officers (BLRO), she said.
“People often face difficulties, when they approach the BLRO. Some say they were asked to pay bribes. We have initiated actions against such people, but it takes time. Around 12 lakh people get their properties mutated every year. This (online system) is a big scope for the common people to get their work done at ease. For the farmers, we have already made title transfer mutation-free and tax-free,” she said.
Sources said several people have lamented about the problems faced by them in the registration process, at the recent district administrative meetings.
In all legal transactions, mutation (transfer of title) is a mandatory process, in which the buyer transfers the ownership title of the property he just bought. Once the property is mutated, the details are updated in the revenue records of civic bodies. The Block Land and Land Reform Office facilitates the mutation process.
The another development, the cabinet also gave its nod for regularising land ownership in Midnapore’s Khas Mahal, where over one lakh people have been living without valid documents, for more than 70 years. Khas Mahal is government land, which is leased out to individuals for residential purposes, for a fixed period of time. “We have decided to regularise lands to the families who have been staying in Khas Mahal in Midnapore. These people have nowhere to go,” she said.
Apart from that, the CM said, refugee colonies in Alipurduar will also be legalised. “We have already handed over legal documents to 462 families and the rest would receive the papers shortly. We are trying to regularise the refugee colonies that come under state jurisdiction,” she said. The CM clarified that the government will also seek regularisation of settlements that come under the authority of the Indian Railways.
Banerjee also said that a proposal to set up a logistics hub by e-commerce major Flipkart, was approved by the cabinet. “The council of ministers has given their consent to a proposal by Flipkart, to set up a logistic hub at Haringhata, at an estimated investment of Rs 991 crores. The land for the project will be allotted from the industrial park in Nadia district,” she added.