Minister for Revenue, Haj & Auqaf and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri today asked the Officers/Officials of Revenue Department to widen their role and perform duties with an objective to provide justice to the people. He said your actions must lead you in making a positive contribution towards the society.The Minister said this while chairing the Revenue Conference of Poonch and Rajouri districts, here today.The conference was also attended by MLA Rajouri, Ch Qamar Hussain.Financial Commissioner Revenue, Lokesh Jha, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Hemant Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Mohamad Aijaz, Custodian Jammu, Mushtaq Ahmad Malik, Special Officer Auqaf, Raj Mohammed, ADCs, ACRs, SDM’s, Tehsildars and other Revenue officials of both the district attended the conference.During the conference, the DCs of both the districts gave brief overview of the functioning of Revenue Department and apprised the Minister about the performance of Revenue department in providing revenue related services to the people and efforts taken to improve its functioning.
The conference was apprized district wise about the status of Jamabandi, attestation of mutations, progress on eviction of encroach state land, progress under digitization of land record project, status of land acquisition cases, rescue, evacuation of border residents during cross border firing, relief & rehabilitation measures for CBF victims, status of SRO 43 cases, public grievance redressal mechanism, details of special revenue camps organized to deliver services to people, status of issuance of PRCs & other certificates, status of revenue court cases and details of DPCs conducted in the district.DC Rajouri, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary requested the Minister to award revenue employees those who have done excellent job while evacuating people during cross border firing and for their efforts in retrieving the encroached state land.Addressing the Revenue officers, the Minister stressed on timely delivery of service to the people. "Do not let the people move from one office to other for redressal of their issues or getting revenue related services," he said adding that they should be provided justice in time bound manner.While discussing the efforts of the department to retrieve the encroached state land, the Minister directed the officers to conduct field visit regularly and to maintain the land record on real time basis.
To make the presence of the department among the people, the Minister stressed for visiting on ground before doing intekal/girdawari to ensure its authenticity on ground. He said by doing this exercise, you will be able to resolve the peoples issue there only.With regard to the status of disposal of revenue cases, the Minister said that all such cases need focused attention so that are dispose of in timely manner and justice is delivered to people.Reviewing the progress of digitization of land records under Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) in both the districts, the Minister sought the details of the projects form Regional Director, Survey & Land Records. He was asked to speed up the process so that be completed in time.Veeri also asked DCs to review the progress under DILRMP on monthly basis to further give push to the entire process.The Minister also reviewed the progress of Land Acquisition Cases in the districts and was informed about the status with amount received and disbursed to the land owners as compensation. He asked the DCs not to delay the disbursal process and to provide payment to the people as soon they received form the indenting department.
On the occasion, the Minister asked Special Officer, Auqaf Raj Mohammad and Custodian Jammu Mushtaq Ahmad Malik to sort out their land/property and other issues with the district administration.Addressing the conference, the Minister said that the idea of holding such conference is to get the first-hand appraisal of the department at district and other level besides, taking steps to further improve its functioning after having close interaction with the field functionaries.“Revenue department is a key to governance and the role of revenue officer is multifunctional”, Veeri said adding that every officer needs to be at the disposal of public for effective and timely delivery of services.The Minister said that the government understands the difficulties the department is facing and in the recent budget announcements, many historical decisions have been taken to help the department for upgrading its existing infrastructure.The department is providing funding for the procurement of vehicles for the officers upto Tehsildar level, the Minister said. He said that besides this, instructions have been given to identify 5 marla land for the construction of Patwar Khanas.
In order to equip the revenue officers with latest know how about revenue administration, the department has asked the Principal, Revenue Training Institute Jammu to conduct special short courses so that newly appointed officers in the department are made technically strong.On the occasion, employees including Naib Tehsildars/Girdawars also raised their demands and seek Ministers intervention for redressal of their issues including rationalization of Patwar Halqas, clearing of pending DPC cases and others.The Minister assured the employees that all pending DPC cases are looked into and necessary instructions will be issued in this regard.Regarding rationalization of Patwar Halqas, the Minister asked the Financial Commissioner Revenue to issue a circular soon to identify the Revenue villages which have population between 12 to 15 thousand persons and accordingly action will be taken in this regard.The Minister asked the officers to ensure transparency while rendering services to the people and always take call from inner conscious before taking any step in this regard. He said the people living in far flung areas needs special attention and they should be provided services at their doorsteps.