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Maharashtra govt's plan of document digitisation by 15 August slowed down due to errors

Mumbai: The ambitious plan of the Maharashtra government to complete digitisation of land title documents by 15 August has slowed down due to the high percentage of errors in data filing, a senior official from the revenue department said.

"If you feed the data for 100 land documents, errors are found in at least 30 documents," the officer said.

File image of Devendra Fadnavis. Reuters

File image of Devendra Fadnavis. Reuters

"The earlier deadline for digitisation of land records in all the 43,943 villages in the state was 15 August. However, till 14 August the officials could complete works of 3,893 villages only," the official said quoting a state government report.

"The error percentage in the digitised documents is as high as 30 percent. The senior revenue officers also verify the documents and correct it; hence the pace of error-free documents has slowed down," said the official.

There are 2.47 crore land title documents of which 2.28 crore have been digitised. Its verification is going on, the officer said.

Earlier, the record of 7/12 receipt of the revenue department, also known as land title document was maintained manually.

However, several errors were noticed in the manual system, besides, several malpractices had crept in which led to instances of land grabbing, selling land without the consent of the owner, changing names of the owners and so on.

Thus to keep a check on such practices, the state government decided to digitise land title documents.

The document is very crucial for establishing the ownership of a person or group of persons over a piece of land. The same document is required for farmers to avail loan, establish ownership, for availing crop insurance and even in legal matters as an authentic document.

"With the digitisation of revenue documents, we found several types of errors. As people are highly sensitive about their land and its ownership, we asked all the senior revenue officers to carefully correct the errors.

"The pace has slowed down but by Diwali we would complete everything," Chandrakant Patil, state revenue minister told PTI on Thursday.

Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 15:34 PM

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