Pilot project of digitising land record completes

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KARACHI, Sept 7: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday said that an integrated system of computerised land record would ensure keeping clear land titles for all land owners in Sindh.

While inaugurating a land record computerisation project at the Revenue House, Shireen Jinnah Colony, the chief minister said it was encouraging that the Sindh government had successfully completed the pilot phase of computerisation of land revenue records, becoming the first provincial government to accomplish this task.
Mr Shah said that the century-old records were in a state of dilapidation and observed that it was the Sindh Board of Revenue duty to maintain and preserve land records. He added that the government anticipated a quantum improvement in revenue with the use of this system, which would also open up opportunities for the private sector to invest.

He lauded the efforts of SBR and the National Database Registration Authority for being associated with this project.

Earlier, Senior Member of SBR Shazir Shamoon briefed the chief minister about the project objectives which were automation, introduction of latest technologies like usage of satellite imagery for land use assessment and preservation of more than 100-year-old revenue records.

He added that a scheme of Land Administration and Revenue Management Information System (LARMIS), development of GIS (digital mapping) and preservation of land records and revamping of survey and settlement had been introduced under the land reforms programme.

He said the GIS component comprising development and customising of its software, digital mapping of 23-districts, 121 talukas and 6,970 dehs, fields survey, establishment of 216 ground-control points and integration of geo-database with LARMIS and registration database had been initiated.

He said a pilot project under the first phase had been completed. While 100 per cent mapping of all districts and talukas had been completed, over 30 per cent of deh-level mapping had been done so far, he added.

These records would be electronically linked to the registration deeds companies, he said, adding that this would be a key instrument for land title for the insurance industry and help facilitate micro-financing to poor farmers.

He said that the Sindh government also anticipated that the project would be completed within 12 months that would ensure transparency, eliminate corruption and forgery, and provide relief to common man. “So far 50,000 pages record has been protected,” he added.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Information Minister Sharjeel Enam Memon, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, Special Secretary to Chief Minister Dr Atta Muhammad Panhwar, Information Secretary Syed Safdar Ali Shah, officials of the Sindh Board of Revenue and others.—APP

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