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Indore: Linking Aadhar to land records to help trace benami properties

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Indore: While Aadhar seeding with farm properties in the state was aimed at automatic mutation of land and execution of its registry, experts have stated that the information will also be helping in tracking benami properties for the central government and launch a massive strike against such properties in recent future.

The state government had initiated the drive of seeding of Aadhar number (UID) in land records in May 2016, well before the announcement of demonetisation, imposed on November 9, 2016, predating the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 coming into force from November 1, 2016.

The drive was initiated following a video conference of Cabinet secretary of Government of India held on April 22, 2016 and the office of commissioner of land records and settlement is carrying out the job since then with the help of district collectors.

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To execute the project provisions are being made in a web based GIS application. District collector is carrying out the project further with the help of tehsildars, naib tehsildars, and patwaris. In gram panchayats, patwaris are seeking Aadhar number of land holders to seed in web based GIS application of land records and settlement.

The drive has been on in Indore district for around a year. Aadhar seeding is almost completed in the district covering 677 villages with total plots (khasras) numbered at 5,28,202.

Official sources informed that primary objective of the campaign was to do mutation of plots simultaneously with execution of registry of the land, just to avoid taking round of office of tehsildars and pawaris for the purpose. Simultaneously mutation of the plot will be done in land records online and new owner of the land will get a copy of mutation and other documents of registry without any hassle.
Presently the campaign is strictly restricted up to villages. However, following completion of the pilot project being carried out in Sehor district, it may be extended in urban areas as well.

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However, experts described that no doubt the motive of the campaign is quite pro-public. But, at district level superintendents of SLRs will be able to trace that a particular land holder possess how much land and also the status of the land holder. Similarly, at the state level, commissioner of LRS would be competent to do the same.

Experts’ further stated that following seeding of the Aadhar, government will be able to trace the actual land owner and this will help in tracking benami properties.

Seeding of UID (Aadhar number) in land records of land holders is going on satisfactorily with the active participation of tehsildars, naib tehsildars and patwaris in district

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– Nishant Warwade
Collector

Land Sealing Act itself prohibits a person to hold extra land after a certain limit. If a person defies the provisions of the Act, he or she would be easily caught after seeding of Aadhar in land records. It would also help in tracking benami properties

– Swapnil Jain,
Chartered Accountant.

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Published on: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 08:42 AM IST
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