Land Sector Gets 5T Boost

In another step towards 5T and quick service delivery, State Government has initiated deliberations on simplification of land kissams (type of land use) and satwas ( type of land holding).

For the purpose, a high level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lokseba Conference hall on 6 February.

Initiating the deliberation, Member Board of Revenue CJ Venugopal said, “the existing rules regarding kisam and satwas are quite old and they need more simplification in context of changing socio-economic scenario.”

Additional Chief Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said that rationalization of Kisam system would make transfer of land and extension of benefits to the farmers easier and quicker. It would also make the revenue payment system easier for the people. 

Considering different facets of the proposal, Chief Secretary, Mr.Tripathy directed to do elaborate consultations with different stake holders including people’s representatives.

Mr.Tripathy said, “Informed consultations will check spread of misconceptions and will be helpful in people’s acceptance”. It was also decided to have Revenue Division and District level consultations.

Discussions in the meeting show that recent reforms like digitization of land records, land record management system, Bhulekh and Bhunaksa etc point to the need for rationalization of the kisams and satwas.

At present, 7797 kisams are recorded in record of rights ( RoR) of the people in different parts of Odisha. It is mainly because of the use of many vernacular languages even with duplications. Too many numbers of vernacular names are scribed for same type of land use. Different types of land use are also not clearly reflected on RoR. 

A number of kismas make it difficult for calculation of various benefits to be extended to farmers during natural calamities and payment of land compensations. Similarly, near about 750 different terms are being used for recording of the kind of land holding. Simplification of the Kisams and Satwas with limited number of types will transfer fuzzy records to a clear and strong ownership over the land.

Director Land Records, B Parameswaran, Additional Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management, Sailendra Dwibedi, Joint Secretary Board of Revenue Santoshi Sahoo along with senior officers of the department participated in the discussions.

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