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President of India to present the “Bhoomi Samman” 2023

On July 18, 2023, the President of India will bestow the prestigious “Bhoomi Samman” awards at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The awards will be presented to 9 State Secretaries and 68 District Collectors, along with their teams, who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in implementing the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) – a crucial component of governance.

Land Records Modernization – Core of Governance:

  • The Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) is considered the core of governance.
  • Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Shri Giriraj Singh, emphasized the significance of the event for Revenue and Registration functionaries.
  • For the first time in the last 75 years, they will receive the “Bhoomi Samman” for their outstanding performance.

Centre-State Cooperative Federalism:

  • Shri Giriraj Singh praised the “Bhoomi Samman” Scheme as an example of Centre-State cooperative federalism based on trust and partnership.
  • The grading system is mainly based on the reports and inputs provided by the States/UTs in computerization and digitization of land records.

Impact of Digitization on Land Records:

  • The digitization process of land records and registration is expected to mitigate the pendency of court cases involving land disputes.
  • This will help cut down GDP loss due to projects being stalled over litigation related to land disputes.

Enhancing Effectiveness of Government Programs:

  • Shri Giriraj Singh highlighted the significance of land records related information for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of various government programs.
  • Departments like Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Chemical and Fertilizer, PDS, Panchayati Raj, and Financial Institutions can benefit from the uniformity and inter-operability of land records information.

Achieving Digitization Targets:

  • The Department of Land Resources has achieved 94% digitization targets pan-India.
  • The aim is to achieve 100% saturation of the core components of digitization of land records in all districts of the country by March 31, 2024.

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