Dharani will be a trend-setter: KCR

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao addressing a gathering at Mudu Chintalapally in Medchal-Malkajgiri district.

Hyderabad: KCR launches one-stop portal for all land transactions be it registration or mutation which take will not more than 20 minutes

State Bureau

Hyderabad: Telangana, which has established itself as a progressive State with a string of innovative programmes and path-breaking reforms, set another benchmark for others to follow on Thursday with the inauguration of Dharani, a one-stop portal for all land transactions in the State, by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.

“Dharani will emerge as a trend-setter in the country. Gone are the days when people, particularly farmers, had to make the rounds of various offices for land transactions including registration and mutation, often having to part with money to get their work done,” the Chief Minister said, addressing a gathering after inaugurating the portal at Moodu Chintalapally in Medchal-Malkajigiri district.

Chandrashekhar Rao, who has been the brain behind several welfare initiatives and developmental schemes such as Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bima, Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme and Mission Bhagiratha, among a host of other programmes, is also the architect of Dharani, a much needed reforms initiative in the Revenue Department to check graft, simplify procedures with minimum human interface and to ensure transparency and speed in land dealings.

“The impact of Dharani will be felt nation-wide and governments, including the Centre, would now be under tremendous pressure to replicate the initiative,” the Chief Minister said. Chandrashekhar Rao was candid enough to admit that when the idea was first mooted three years ago, even his own officials including Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and CMO personnel were sceptical about the design and implementation of such a portal that would not only function as a one-stop shop for all land transactions but would also be a storehouse of all details pertaining to every inch of land in the State.

“But, I was confident about the entire exercise and through sheer hard work, dedication and committment of all the officials involved, we made Dharani a reality and success. Telangana needed such reforms and initiatives in land administration since it was a mess in the past with hardly any land surveys taken up. The State has been consistently coming up with innovative programmes that has made it a front-runner in the country on various fronts, and Dharani is yet another such initiative to cleanse and get the Revenue department organised,” he said.

“Telangana has achieved tremendous progress in all sectors including economy, power, agriculture, industry and irrigation, and Dharani portal was an important step towards resolving issues pertaining to lands in the State. With this exercise, about 1.45 crore acres of agriculture land in the State now have clear titles. This was not an easy task but one which we had to take up,” he said.

Pointing out that the State government had taken up various innovative measures to address problems and issues faced by Telangana immediately after achieving the hard-fought Statehood in 2004, Chandrashekhar Rao said he always disagreed with people who described Telangana as a backward region. “No, it is not a backward region. It has all the potential to lead the country on all fronts and we have proved this post State formation,” he said, adding that the per capita income in the State had more than doubled from Rs 63,000 in 2011-12 to Rs 2.28 lakh now, which is a clear indication of its progress and prosperity.

“Even before the formal launch of the portal, during the trial run in the past three to four days, officials reported heavy traffic since thousands of people not just from the State but also from other countries were accessing Dharani as they were keen on knowing the functioning of the portal and its uniqueness,” Chandrashekhar Rao said.

The launch of the one-of-its-kind portal will facilitate hassle-free transactions, be it registration or mutation, and all these with minimum human interface, he said, and pointed out that the entire process should not take more than 20 minutes.

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