Pune: All the 36 district collectorates in the State have been asked to clear the backlog of quasi-judicial land matters at the earliest. Revenue bosses have instructed their respective district collectors to ensure speedy disposal of land-related cases.
This issue came up for discussion during a two-day conference held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) recently.
As per a Government Resolution (GR) published on December 17, 2015, it is mandatory for revenue officials to dispose of the land-related cases referred to them within one year. The GR states that in rarest of rare cases, the competent officers can issue an extension by six months. Despite the GR, the percentage of disposal of cases remains as low as 27.74 per cent.
The pending cases pertain to land matters such as registration of inheritance, mutations of record of rights, deletion or addition of names, sale and purchase of lands and record of tenancy rights.
The review of the total number of pending matters revealed that around 1.22 lakh cases were pending in the entire State. Of the six revenue divisions, Pune division tops the list with 54,438 pending cases, followed by the Konkan and Nashik divisions, having 19,885 and 15,532 cases respectively.
In Pune division, Pune district tops the list of districts having 16,210 pending cases while 7,941 cases are pending for over two years.
A top official from the Revenue Department said that around 150 cases are referred to the additional collector. One officer can dispose of only 40 cases per month. Due to this, several cases are carried forward. The source added that if more officers are appointed to decide on these cases, the pendency could be cleared fast.
Similarly, in a recently conducted review, the Amravati and Aurangabad divisions have recorded a low percentage of disposal of cases. Both the divisions recorded 8.90 and 18.68 per cent disposal of cases.