Pune: While Pune district may not be in the top list of digitisation of 7/12 land extracts, it is certainly not the last one as it is performing better than Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in the digitisation process.
According to the information shared by the Land Records department, data of 7/12 extracts of about 81 per cent of the villages has been uploaded completely on the online platform. Of the 1,911 villages in Pune district, the work of digitisation of 7/12 extracts has been completed in 1,557 villages though the department has missed several deadlines set by the State government.
Speaking about the development in the digitisation work, an official from the Land Records department said that the stress was laid on doing quality work and hence, the department was focused on uploading correct documents. Speaking on the issue, Additional District Collector Ramesh Kale said that work of digitisation of 7/12 extract is slow in Junnar and Haveli talukas. “The department has increased the pace of work and we will soon finish the work,” added Kale.
The officials further said that they are targeting to finish the work by June. “There were less number of talathis in Junnar, Ambegaon and hence, the progress of digitisation was slow in these talukas. Haveli has over two lakh records which constitute 14 per cent of the work and hence, work in Haveli taluka is a bit slow. We are also providing a 10 MBPS dedicated Internet connection to Haveli taluka as earlier, the Internet speed provided to them was only 4 MBPS which was slowing them down,” said an official from the department.
The officials are working in two shifts to complete the work at the earliest.
The digitisation of revenue documents means every land ownership document is available on State government’s server and it can be accessed from any corner of the country. This will bypass the village-level revenue officer (talathi) who so far has been the only authority to issue 7/12 extracts. The 7/12 extract is a crucial piece of document for the establishment of ownership of a piece of land.
The extract is extensively used by farmers, for loan agreements, crop survey and for availing government facilities. Till some years ago, hand-written 7/12 receipts were prepared by talathis who only have the powers to make changes in these receipts, which resulted in several instances where the officers misused their authority.
“To avoid this, the State government had come up with an idea of digitisation of entire revenue documents. Once the work of digitisation is complete, the incidents of land frauds will reduce drastically,” said an official from the Land Records department.
7/12 extracts with e-signatures
CM Devendra Fadnavis had recently announced that from August 1, 2018, any person can avail 7/12 extract online along with the digital signatures. The online 7/12 extract with digital signatures will not require any government authentication for any purpose, be it in a bank or court or at a police station. Once the digitisation work is complete, officials will then focus on providing the online 7/12 extract with digital signatures for better authentication as the signatures are provided after cross-checking several parameters.