Hyderabad: The State Government on Monday submitted four bills to the Legislative Council. Though Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao introduced the Telangana Land and Pattadar Passbooks Bill 2020 and the Telangana Abolition of Village Revenue Officers Bill 2020, Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao introduced the Telangana Municipal Laws Bill 2020 and Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao introduced the Telangana Panchayat Raj Amendment Bill 2020 in the Assembly.
Speaking on the bills, the Chief Minister gave a glimpse of how land rights and the transfer of titles have been dealt with under various regimes and how the Patel and Patwari systems have been abolished.
He said that the Village Revenue Officer (VRO) system, which had been abolished before the Bills were implemented, had been restored in 2007 He said that after formation of the State in 2014, land rates in Telangana have skyrocketed leading to clandestine operations and land mafias.
“The VROs have lost their importance. They have abused their influence, and we can’t be silent spectators. But there are people who say that we’re taking the legislation to a few landlords.
But there are no farms, there are only 0.11 per cent farmers who have more than 50 acres of land in the form of orchards, etc. Over 98,38% of farmers have land holdings of less than 10 acres, “he said. He said the new Revenue Bill would help to minimise corruption, challenge free registration and mutation through the Dharani Portal.
He said that the Dharani website will soon be enabled for the public to have access to data pertaining to the state’s land records.
He claimed that the entire registration process will be carried out digitally by visiting the offices of the Sub-Registrar or Mandal Revenue Officer only for once, by prior appointment. He said that MROs are now allowed to be sub-registrars for the registration and mutation of agricultural property. Similarly, sub-registers are now empowered to carry out the registration and mutation of non-agricultural properties.
The Chief Minister said that people can visit either the MRO or the Sub-Registrar Office on the basis of their type of property while booking a time slot and paying the fees in advance. Land rates for the entire State will be set and made available in the Dharani Portal.
The entire registration process will be completed after the required paperwork have been submitted and the land records will be updated accordingly in real time and the MROs will have no discretionary powers whatsoever. (INN)