New land registration system to check fraudulent dealings

August 27th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) The central government has decided to introduce a new system of land registration that will help check fraudulent dealings in the country.The “Conclusive Title” system to be introduced under National Land Records Modernisation Programme (NLRMP) will provide a guarantee certificate to land owners about land propriety.

“The Registration Act, 1908 provides for registration of deeds and documents but not registration of titles (ownership). The titles to property are merely presumptive. This leads to a lot fraudulent land dealing,” Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told reporters here Wednesday.

“Once introduced, an ownership guarantee certificate will be provided and none other than the owner can possess it,” Singh said.

The activities proposed under NLRMP include computerization of land records, digitization of maps and integration of textual and spatial data in the country. The total cost of the programme is Rs.56.5 billion and it is likely to be completed by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017).

“The system will be of great benefit to people as land records will be always up to date, tamperproof and easily accessible since they will be placed on website with proper security codes,” Singh said.

“The time taken for obtaining copies of land records will be drastically reduced; automatic and automated mutilations will reduce the scope of fraudulent property deals and also litigation,” Singh added.

Several other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and even developing countries like Kenya and Thailand have switched over to this system.

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