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Telangana: Ahead of digital land survey, revenue department gets 20,000 plaints | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Even as the Telangana government is gearing up for a digital survey of land and disburse Rythu Bandhu amount in the next few days, the revenue department has been flooded with land-related grievances from farmers and landowners. In just one week alone, the chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA), which is part of the revenue department, has received as many as 20,000 applications.
“Most of the grievances are on non-receipt of passbooks due to digitally unsigned land records, not linking of Aadhaar number, entry of wrong Aadhaar number, private patta land registered under the prohibited land list and land encroachment, etc,” a senior CCLA official told TOI. While 17,000 grievances were received on WhatsApp number (9133089444), another 3,000 applications were filed on ascmro@telangana.gov.in, sources said.
Officials said the district collectors and respective revenue officials have been asked to resolve the grievances.
“Some problems such as Aadhaar linking and updation of bank number for getting Rythu Bandhu benefit can be resolved immediately. Removal of land parcels from prohibited properties list involves a cumbersome procedure which may take several weeks to resolve,” a senior revenue officer said.
Interestingly, in some cases, officials are asking the complainants to apply on Dharani web portal and produce documents in some other cases. If they have already applied, they have been asked to submit a letter copy or grievance number, etc. “My one acre land was illegally transferred to another person two years ago and a passbook was also issued. My case has been pending with the revenue office for the last two years but the tahsildar office is not aware of status of my petition,” landowner Palepu Vaman Murthy, who hails from Dharmapuri in Jagtial district, said.
The government, on the other hand, claims to have resolved the land issues after the Land Records Updation Programme and said 99 per cent of them have been uploaded on Dharani portal. “If the government has resolved all land issues, why did the revenue department receive thousands of applications in just one week. Our information is that the total number of applications received so far has crossed 60,000,” S Chandrasekhar, founder-member of India Against Corruption Volunteers Association, told TOI.
He said the revenue department started receiving grievances on WhatsApp and through mail only after minister KT Rama Rao started getting pleas on land-related issues on his Twitter handle.

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