SRINAGAR: In an exceptional achievement Srinagar has become the first district in Jammu & Kashmir to complete hundred percent updation of land record of rights called as Jamabandis.
The achievement follows 12 months of persistent efforts to complete the updation finishing over 100 Jamabandis during this period.
Financial Commissioner Revenue Department J&K Dr Pawan Kotwal described this achievement as the most cherished in his entire service career adding that it is the happiest moment in his association with the Revenue department and tenure as the FC.
He said this while speaking at a function organised at SKICC to felicitate the revenue department of the district for this long-awaited and major achievement.
Dr Kotwal whose association with the Revenue department of J&K has been long said that completion of updation of Jamabandis in Srinagar is a proud moment for the entire department adding that it could not have been possible without tireless efforts of the district administration.
It is notable that updation of Jamabandis of the district has been pending for up to 60 years and therefore completion thereof is a major achievement.
The FC commended the Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary for this achievement stating that his leadership of the district has been exceptional. He said Dr Shahid has lived up to his assurance adding that what makes this achievement great is that it has been done despite a host of challenges that the past 12 months or so have thrown for the administration to deal with.
He said he followed the progress of updation of Jamabandis of the district closely through this period and was highly impressed by the efforts of the district administration through all these challenges which still exist in form of COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Kotwal also lauded the Assistant Commissioner Revenue Srinagar and all revenue officers from Tehsildars to Patwaris for their efforts and this outstanding achievement. While complementing them for this effort he said this is just the first step in this important project of digital land records management and stressed the importance of now completing the next important step of digitisation of revenue records.
Earlier DC Srinagar gave a detailed presentation to the FC about steps taken to equip and modernise the revenue department of the district.
Dr Shahid informed that from new offices or renovation of existing ones to equipment of officers in the form of dedicated vehicles and computers with assured internet facilities a host of measures have been initiated to bridge the infrastructural gaps that existed and prevented desired functioning of this important department and officers associated with it.
While briefing the FC about efforts to complete updation of record of rights he expressed his appreciation to all revenue officers and officials of the district. He said the achievement required real hard work and complete dedication and that each member of the revenue department deserves credit and appreciation.
Dr Shahid informed the FC that digitisation of updated record of rights is also in progress in earnest adding digitisation of 80 of 137 Jamabandis have been completed too.
During the programme ACR Srinagar Rouf Rahman and Tehsildars of the district were felicitated with souvenirs and certification for their achievement. Each Tehsildar was also given two laptops as part of the the administration’s equipment project thereof to enhance their capabilities.
Speaking at the conclusion of the function the Financial Commissioner said the updation and digitisation of revenue records of J&K under the Digital India Land Records Management Programme or DILRMP is amongst the most important projects for the J&K government.
He said tireless efforts are underway at multiple levels to take this project to its logical end adding that at the end of this crucial ongoing exercise which is projected to be completed in two years a fully modernised system of land records will come into being which will ensure hundred percent purification and correctness of revenue records and easy accessibility thereof for all citizens.
ADCs Haneef Balkhi and Khursheed Shah and SDMs East and West Sandeep Singh Bali and Hamida Akhtar were also felicitated on the occasion. Joint Director Planning M Yaseen Lone was also present on the occasion, said an official statement.