Govt to set right RTC anomalies

Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad on Monday said steps are being taken to set right anomalies pertaining to Record of Rights, Tenancy and Crop Inspection (RTC) and dispose of pending podi application across the State in three months.

Replying to a question by Congress’ H P Manjunath in the Assembly, he said the land surveyors recruited recently are currently undergoing training.

They will begin working in about two months. Besides, the services of 700 licenced surveyors will also be utilised. This done, problems pertaining to RTC will get solved, he added. Close to three lakh podi (land records) applications are pending to be disposed of in the State.

The department will take steps on war footing in this regard, the minister said and added that he will consider Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa’s suggestion to empower Tahsildars to dispose of the applications and give complete rights over the land to the applicant. Currently, only deputy commissioners have the power. BJP members K G Bopaiah, Vishveshvara Hegde Kageri and C T Ravi said people in rural areas, especially farmers, are facing a lot of problem due to non-availability of proper land records. As a result, farmers have not been able to avail farm loan, Bopaiah said.

Besides, Srinivas Prasad said the government has recently sought the Centre’s
approval for an action plan prepared to take up re-survey of all government lands in the State. Re-survey has been proposed under the Centre’s National Land Records Modernisation programme, and it is estimated to cost about Rs 600 crore. 

Land policy

To another question by S R Vishwanath of the BJP, the minister said a high-level committee headed by an Additional Chief Secretary has been set up to prepare a land policy in the State.

He said he will look into Vishwanath’s demand not to apply the new rule for disposing of applications pending for several years under Akrama-Sakrama scheme (regularisation of unauthorised farm land) around Bangalore City. No land located within 25 km radius of the BBMP will be regularised under the scheme as per the new rule.

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