Telangana Assembly passes bills for landmark land reforms

Hyderabad(Hyd): The Telangana (TL) Assembly on Fri. moved different Invoices to bring main reforms within the state’s Revenue Dept. by reducing person interface for land transactions.

VROs, VRAs

The govt has scrapped the posts of Village Revenue Officials (VROs) & Village Revenue Assistants (VRAs).

With the new enactments, report of rights relating to lands going to be retained in electronic form within the Telangana (TL) Land Reports Mgmt System for assuring hassle-free revenue administration.

Following a discussion, the Assembly moved The Telangana (TL) Abolition of the Posts of VROs Bill, 2022, The Telangana (TL) Rights in Land & Pattadar Passbooks Bill, 2022 & different Invoices.

New revenue system

Stating that it’s the 1st step towards a new revenue system, CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao stated it’d address almost all land-related problems.

CM KCR, as the CM is widely well-known, stated the new legislation going to remove the issues faced by this citizens, farmers & poorer sections in specific, in registering their own land.

The new Revenue Act going to delete discretionary powers vested with the authorities in various levels & make sure transparent & corruption-free land dealings.

Within the new Revenue Act, land mutation (or) alter of land title ownership going to be finished on-line via the Dharani portal. This going to also permit citizens to enter reports of agricultural & non-agricultural land on-line.

The CM stated the new Act has been required to replace multiple redundant & irrelevant revenue & land legislations & regulations.

Land survey

CM KCR stated a land survey going to be implemented around the state shortly covering each inch of available land.

The survey was contemplated to develop a digitised map of the state covering each nook & corner.

The govt has ruled to carry out the exercise utilizing the latest technologies so that latitudinal & longitudinal coordinates are given to all this survey numbers & the lands located in them.

The CM stated the govt is bringing an IT-based variant to the existing system to make it corruption-free & transparent.

Dharani portal going to be the one-stop resolution for land related problems of both agriculture & non-agriculture land. The Forest Dept. was allocated a separate column on the portal.

The portal can be entered from anywhere by those interested & they can gain the overall info pertaining to a specific land, involving the encumbrance certificates & the latest mutations. He stated awhile copies of the land documents could be saved from anywhere, the statistics can’t be tinkered with.

The portal going to have the information of the prohibited lands, involving those of the state & Central govts, with auto-lock feature. Whenever any entry is made relating to registration of prohibited lands, the software going to refuse it, therefore preventing encroachment of govt lands.

Encroachment

The CM disclosed that 87,000 acre endowment land & 55,000 acre Waqf land are under encroachment.

On a insist by All India(In) Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, he declared that registration of Waqf land going to be suspended from Sat..

He assured to protect both endowment & Waqf lands.

CM KCR stated his own govt won’t make a false assure of distributing lands as the govt has no land to share.

He stated within the new Revenue Act, no officer going to have discretionary power.

Tehsildars & Revenue Divisional Officials (RDOs) would continue to function however they’d not have powers like in the last.

Revenue courts

The revenue courts presided over by tehsildars, RDOs & joint collectors going to be abolished & citizens going to want to reach civil courts for solution of disputes.

The govt going to constitute 16 fast track tribunals to dispose of 16,135 pending instances.

Accordingly, tehsildars would be made joint sub registrars & would be inquired to cope with agricultural land. Registrations pertaining to the non-agricultural lands would be dealt with by sub-registrars in 141 offices spread around the state.