In­te­grat­ing ef­fi­cient land use with lo­ca­tion based ser­vices will trans­form In­dia's land­scape

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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.

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