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  • Minister stresses on regular field visits by govt functionaries to address people’s issues at their doorstep


JAMMU: Minister for Revenue, Hajj & Auqaf and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri has said that dedicated efforts needs to be put in for timely disposal of Revenue related cases. People have huge expectations from the department and our action taken in this regard would facilitate people with justice in time. This was stated by the Minister while addressing the conference of Revenue officers of Jammu Division, here today. Financial Commissioner Revenue Lokesh Jha, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Shahid Inaytullah, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Sharma, Deputy Commissioners of Jammu Division along with other senior Revenue officers including ADCs, ACRs and SDMs attended the conference.


During the conference, Divisional Commissioner Jammu apprised the Minister about the general overview of all the districts along with the progress achieved by each district under various Revenue related activities. It was informed that Jammu Division consists of 10 districts, 33 Sub Divisions, 108 Tehsils, 273 Niabats, 824 PatwarHalqas and 3773 revenue villages. During 2017-18, 04 Sub Divisions have been upgraded to the post of ADC.


Initiating the conference, the Minister sought report on decisions taken during the district level conferences and performance made under each activity. During the conference, detailed discussions were held on present status of various activities being carried out the in the districts including writing of jamabandi, attestation of mutations, eviction of state/kacharai land, land acquisition, disposal of revenue cases, issuance of certificates, public grievances camps held and other related activities.


While discussing the process of writing of Jamabandi district wise, the Minister was informed that target has been fixed for writing and ACRs/SDMs have been asked to personally monitor the progress on weekly basis. All the DCs gave brief about the progress under writing of Jamabandi. Veeri asked the officers to adopt calculated approach for better performance and to clear all the pending cases. He said that SDMs have been now given revenue powers so that they can contribute in routine works of the department.


“ACRs and SDMs also need to monitor the revenue business in their respective areas and to convene fortnightly meetings to review the process”, he said. For writing of KhasraGirdawari, the Minister said that updation of KhasraGirdawari must be taken on priority and Revenue officer must visit the spot on ground before writing girdawaris. He said that this will also help in realizing the actual position on ground.


With regard to attestations of pending Mutations, the Minister stressed on clearing the pendency at the earliest and reviewed the status of Mutations attested during last one year. The Minister also sought the reasons for delay in clearing the pending cases where the figure is still high and asked the concerned to expedite the same. He lauded the efforts of Revenue Officers of the districts where the number comes to zero.


Seeking details on the progress made on the project, Modernization of Land Records under DLRMP, project initiated by Government of India, the Minister directed Regional Directors Survey & Land Records to energise the efforts so that the project would be completed at the earliest. All the Regional Directors briefed about the performance made under the project in their respective districts. It was informed that scanning of all revenue documents are underway and other related works are also going on simultaneously.


It was also informed during the conference that 95 % of scanning task is completed for Central Record Room and scanning of field record is also underway. Regarding maintenance of Fard Register, the Minister sought details from all the DCs and asked to streamline the system. He also stressed on conducting proper Fard investigation before doing it finally.


“It is our responsibility to act swiftly on applications received for Fard issuance and need to take the whole exercise very seriously”, the Minister said. The Divisional Commissioner informed the Minister about the projects being executed in the province for which the land acquisition proceedings are underway including Ring Roads, other road projects, AIIMS, Medical Colleges, Transmission Line, Railway Traction Line and Border Fencing.


Veeri instructed the DCs to ensure disbursement of compensation to land owners as soon as they get payment form concerned agency. The Minister also highlighted the initiative taken by the government for creation of Revenue Infrastructure Development Fund and said that it will surely help the department in meeting the present challenges. Reviewing the status of disposal of Revenue cases, Veeri directed all concerned to expedite the same so as to provide justice to the people.


Revenue Courts should be held regularly and particular day’s needs to be fixed for the purpose, the Minister said adding that priority should be given to clear the long pending cases. The conference was also briefed about the status of encroached State land and efforts taken to retrieve the same. The Minister while stressing on conducting field visits said that every Revenue officer must visits field in their respective areas to listen to the issues of people and mark their presence on the ground. He also asked for conducting inspections at various levels for further improving the administrative efficiency.


Terming the Capacity Building Programme essential for every organization, the Minister said that Revenue Training Institute should be made vibrant. It should be equipped with special training programmes for Revenue Staff so that they can acquaint themselves with updated knowledge on all kind of revenue business. He said that adequate funds would be made available to the institute for imparting necessary training to the employees. Regarding employees’ issues, the Minister directed Financial Commissioner Revenue and Commissioner Secretary Revenue to look into the DPC issue so that eligible employees would get promoted to the next level. He also sought status of recruitment of Class IV employees at district level and asked all the DCs to complete the recruitment process at the earliest to resolve the manpower issue.