Digitization of land records expected to increase India's GDP by 1.5%: Giriraj Singh

The government's initiative to digitize land records and registrations is expected to improve India's GDP by about 1.5%, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh announced on Thursday.

Completion of digitization of land records will not only reduce the extensive backlog of land disputes in courts but also significantly improve the country's ranking in doing business, Singh said at a two-day Bhumi Samvaad VIII: National Conference of State Revenue/Registration Secretaries and Inspector General of Registration (IGR) to exchange best practices in modernizing land management.

The minister highlighted the crucial role of modern technologies, including blockchain, in transforming land management in line with the government's Gatishakti mission.

Singh also highlighted the importance of new initiatives by the government, namely Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (Bhu-Aadhaar), transliteration of land records to provide land records in multiple languages ​​for ease of doing business and NGDRS for one land – one registration.

The conference also discussed the impact of digitalization on reducing litigation, litigation time and costs, as well as promoting access to credit through digitalized records. Land Resources Minister Nidhi Khare emphasized the importance of such gatherings in sharing successful practices and exploring scalable innovations in land management.

All benefits of the schemes should be extended to citizens in the last mile with transparent governance as envisaged by the Prime Minister, said Minister of State for Steel and Rural Development Faggan Singh Kulaste. “Digitization of land records and land registration will help reduce the huge pendency of court cases related to land disputes and also help ensure transparency in identifying the right beneficiaries for granting adequate compensation for land acquisition by the government. “

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