Sunday, February 25, 2007

Register any property anywhere soon

Register any property anywhere soon
Deccan Herald

The State government is seriously considering making entire Bangalore city as one unit to help the public register their property in any sub-registrar office instead of its jurisdiction.

The State government is seriously considering making entire Bangalore city as one unit to help the public register their property in any sub-registrar office instead of its jurisdiction. Officials have been asked to work out modalities as such a system would eliminate corruption completely, said Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday on the occasion of his completing one year in office, Shettar said all these years, six to seven sub-registrars of different jurisdictions used to sit in one office. But now, 27 divisions have been created in Bangalore city alone. A ‘Kandaya Bhavan’ is also being built in Bangalore.

“The government hit upon this idea following complaints of corruption and the menace of agents in the sub-registrar offices,” he said. Once the system is in place, a resident of Jayanagar can get his property registered at Vijaynagar or any other place of his choice.

The system will first be introduced in Bangalore and later extend to other important cities depending upon its success, Shettar said.

The government also plans to introduce online registration of property in Bangalore so the public need not come to the sub-registrar offices. “Karnataka will be the first state to be doing so.”

Once this system comes into place, corruption can be eliminated in the sub-registrar offices across the State, he said. The department is studying the legal aspects and pros and cons of the system and working out a software for the purpose.

Shettar said the Ramaswamy Committee constituted by the government to survey the extent of government land encroached by land sharks in and around Bangalore, has found indicated 18,000 acres has been encroached.

After the government promulgated an ordinance and amended the Act by including a penalty clause and a two-year jail term, many had been voluntarily returning the encroached land, he said.

Already, 200 criminal cases have been filed against land sharks, as a result of which 1,000 acres of land has been retrieved. This land would be auctioned and it is expected to fetch crores of rupees.

The deputy commissioners of all districts have been asked to study the extent of encroachment of government land in their jurisdiction and take necessary action.

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