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  • Mission Basundhara The Mission is an opportunity to secure land rights of indigenous people

    Published on October 4, 2021

    by Bhupen Goswami

    Guwahati : Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma today launched Mission Basundhara at a programme organised by Revenue and Disaster Management Department at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra. Terming the launching of ‘Mission Basundhara’ as a historic and decisive step for streamlining land revenue services and facilitating easy access to public for their land related works, the Chief Minister asserted that the Mission would eliminate middleman from the system and unnecessary visits to Government offices while empowering the public to resolve their land-related issues online, in a hassle-free manner. Purification and updating land records in a mission mode is major goal of Mission Basundhara by offering nine land revenue related services online –

    1) Mutation by right of inheritance,

    2) mutation after deed registration,

    3) partition of undisputed cases,

    4) annual patta to periodic patta conversion,

    5) reclassification of land,

    6) striking names of persons who are no longer in possession under Rule 116, ALRR, 1886,

    7) allotment certificate to periodic patta,

    8) legacy data updation/rectification and

    9) mobile number update of Pattadar.

    The application period in portal is from October 2, 2021 – November 30, 2021 and disposal shall be within May 10, 2022. Apart from these 9 services, polygon survey would be conducted of yet-to-be surveyed 672 non-cadastral villages of Assam by March 31, 2022 while re-survey of all cadastral villages of the state would be done using hybrid methodology like drone, ETS, DGPS etc by December 31, 2023. The survey of non-cadastral villages shall enable granting land rights to indigenous landless people of the state. The re-survey of 18789 cadastral villages in 27 districts shall pave way for clearing land titles for the citizens. Moreover, Mission Basundhara will strive for achieving the goal of total digitalization of maps and integration of maps, land records of Assam under Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme while re-survey exercise would lead to accurate, synchronized real time land records. Urging Circle Officers to work dedicatedly for making the Mission a success, the Chief Minister asserted that nearly 700 land brokers have been arrested as a precursor to this Mission so that middlemen are eliminated from system and now the Circle Officers must take up the responsibility to implement this programme with integrity and dedication.

    This Mission is an opportunity for all Assam Civil Service Officers to set an example of public service for the generations to come, he said. He also informed Rs 1 crore would be provided to each circle office for rebuilding the offices while required vehicles and necessary logistics support would be also be provided. A total of Rs 225 crore would be spent on the implementation of the programme and the Mission would be able to rebuild all lost land records of the state, he said. Saying that inaction is the biggest crime, Dr Sarma warned government employees against complacency, negligence or corrupt practices in implementation of the Mission. Securing land rights of indigenous population is prime objective of the Mission and public, specially poor and disadvantaged sections, must be facilitated to get their land related works done through Mission Basundhara, added the Chief Minister.

    Revenue and Disaster Management Department Minister Jogen Mohan also spoke at the programme which was attended by Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, Principal Secretary of Revenue and Disaster Management Avinash Joshi, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha, CEO ASDMA G.D Tripathi, Commissioner Revenue and Disaster Management M.S. Manivannan among others.