Even after so many review meetings have taken place and directions have been issued multiple times by the officials of Union government to accomplish the process of digitization of land records, the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory is among the worst performers in the implementation of Digitization of Land Records programme.
Performance of the Union Territory on three main parts of the programme: the computerization of land records, survey/re-survey and computerization of registration has been quite disappointing. This dismal performance attracted criticism from the Union Ministry, one of whose official has recently called a meeting with the officials of Revenue and other concerned departments.
The Digitalization of Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme is a scheme launched by Department of Land Resources of the Union Ministry of Rural Development. Jammu and Kashmir has 6850 revenue villages and out of these villages, only one has been computerized fully while the process is ongoing in 214 other villages. In remaining 6635 villages, the process of computerization has not even started. For comparison, the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh has computerized more than 98 percent of its total number of villages.
However, the JK has performed well in map-digitization with the digitization of 1805 cadastral maps out of the total 1876 maps securing a percentage of over 96 per cent.
The Union Territory has performed poorly in setting up of Modern-record rooms’ component. In the total tehsils of Jammu and Kashmir, only four record rooms were sanctioned without a single one being completed.
No numbers have been uploaded in Survey-Resurvey and of the same level poor performance is shown by UT in Computerization of registration.
A Union Government official called for a meeting with officers from UT administration seeing poor performances and slow progress in almost all of the components. He ordered the officers to follow all the instructions regarding digitization of land records as per norms issued by the Union government during the meeting. The official also focused on the role of DILRMP and said that the aim of DILRMP is to update land records, automate mutation, integrate between textual and spatial records, interconnect revenue and registration and to replace present registration and presumptive title system.