Integrating efficient land use with location based services will transform India's landscape
T he proposed National Land Use Policy which seeks to regulate land use efficiently would help in augmenting the use of waste and non-cultivable land and integrating them with Location Based Services (LBS) would make it easier to update and maintain digitized land records.
This was stated by Vandana Kumari Jena, Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, at a conference on 'Location Based Services 2015: Transforming Coordinates to Business' in New Delhi on June 3, 2015, organised by FICCI in partnership with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.
Speaking about how LBS could transform India's landscape, Jena said that the government has been trying to digitize land records of the country and so far 23 states have digitized its records and 24 states have a computerized registration for land. She added that only 10 states have integrated the two systems. Hence, to leverage the true potential of LBS, it was necessary that all states of India have real-time information on land records.
Citing the example of Gujarat, Jena said that it was one of the states in the country which had been able to update and digitize its land records with physical resurvey after digital mapping of the region. She added that the digitized land records instantly provide information to investors and businesspersons, who are contemplating to start a business or invest in the region with details about available land and other related data.
Jena said that a strong political will was required for digitization of land records. ICT should also be extended to rural areas. The northeastern states of India, lack data and it needs to be addressed. She added that throughout the country if the land records were updated and realtime data was available for both urban and rural India, then LBS would play a critical role in integrating various sectors and providing services to the people.
Vandana Kumari Jena, Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, addressing the conference.