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Good response to special camps for correction of land records

Collector K.Rajamani handing over a ‘natham’ patta order to a petitioner at a special camp held at Srirangam Revenue Divisional Office on Thursday.

Special camps for correction of errors in land records organised at the Revenue divisional level in the district has drawn good response.

District Collector K. Rajamani had announced that the camps would be held in all revenue divisions of the district following widespread complaints from farmers’ representatives over mistakes and discrepancies that had crept into the land records during updation.

R. Raja Chidambaram, state secretary, Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, who had been repeatedly flagging the issue at grievance meetings, pointed out that farmers had been facing much difficulty in getting the mistakes corrected. “The Collector’s decision to hold special camps has come as a big relief to farmers and they should utilise it well,” he said and suggested that Revenue officials give wider publicity to the camps through tom-toms in the villages.

The first camp under the initiative was held at the Revenue Divisional Office at Lalgudi in January and the second in Musiri in March. The third camp was held in Srirangam on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajamani pointed that such camps were being held for the first time in the State in the district. Tahsildhars had been instructed to submit weekly reports on the progress of the enquiry on applications to the Collector, District Revenue Officer and the Revenue Divisional Officer. Efforts were being made to complete the enquiry quickly.

Providing details of the applications received so far, Mr.Rajamani said 380 applications were received at the camp held at Lalgudi. In Musiri, 1,417 applications were received. On Thursday, 383 petitions were received at Srirangam. So far, orders had been issued with respect to 365 petitions.

Speaking to The Hindu later, Mr.Rajamani said the camps would help reduce the backlog of applications seeking corrections such as spelling mistakes and variations in measurements. The government had already introduced an online system to carry out the corrections and people could apply through the common service centres. But some keep coming to the grievances day meets with petitions seeking corrections.

“We have been able to come up with almost all but 10 or 20 of 380 petitions received in Lalgudi. In Musiri, the number of petitions was high. We are working towards finding solutions and issuing orders to eligible cases within 30 days,” he said.

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