Guwahati: Assam is going full throttle with establishing technology-driven land administration in the state’s Sixth Schedule areas where land is a transferred subject.

Now, after drones were deployed to map unsurveyed inhabited areas in Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) to enable authorities to update land record systems and provide documents to inhabitants for utilising resources as financial assets, a similar exercise will be carried out in Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC).

The Assam government, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and Survey of India on Monday signed a tripartite MoU to extend the SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages And Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme to KAAC.

The scheme will cover the rural-inhabited areas through drone surveys followed by a generation of GIS maps to enable a detailed spatial database of properties to provide property cards to owners for leveraging land as financial assets.

The agreement was signed by Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, director of Land Records and Surveys, Assam on behalf of the Assam government; Mukul Kumar Saikia, principal Secretary, KAAC on behalf of KAAC; and Rohit Agrawal, Superintending Surveyor, Assam and Nagaland, Geo-Spatial Data Centre on behalf of Survey of India.

Assam chief secretary Jishnu Barua and Alok Prem Nagar, joint secretary, Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) along with senior officers of revenue and disaster management department, Survey of India and deputy commissioners of the Autonomous Council districts attended the MoU signing ceremony through video conference.

The signing of the MoU is a momentous step towards technology-driven mainstreaming of land revenue management in Sixth Schedule areas of Assam where land is a transferred subject.

Union joint secretary (MoPR) Nagar emphasised streamlining the land records system of autonomous councils and hoped to bring all autonomous councils of the Northeastern region within the ambit of SVAMITVA soon.

Assam chief secretary Barua said that the agreement would help survey large tracts of unsurveyed areas. He expressed hope that the North Cachar Autonomous Council would also come forward given the positive environment created by the signing of MoU recently with BTC and now with KAAC.

With the increase in the ambit of the scheme in the state, rural areas are expected to attain holistic socio-economic empowerment based on credible property rights which will be the stepping-stone towards making villages self-reliant.

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