The Punjab Land Record Society (PLRS) was formed by department of Revenue with the objective of computerizing land records and make these accessible to the citizens.
The society has setup 163 FARD Kendras in Public Private Partnership to facilitate citizens to collect their documents across the counter after paying nominal fee. Record of Rights of about 12780 villages has been computerized. The data of all 22 districts has already been put on the website for Public access. Currently citizens can get the copy of FARD (nakal) across the counter by paying a very nominal fee on the same counter. The PLRS is planning to deliver more land record services though these Kendras in near future. In fact no service connected with land records would be left uncovered by Fard Kendras in times to come.
The initiative is such that other state governments are following the Punjab model. The State Government has done it so fast that Fard Kendras have been opened at all 157 Tehsil/Sub-Tehsils of Punjab. The land records of all villages of Tehsil/Sub-Tehsil available at the Fard Kendra in computerized form. The Fard Kendras facilite on the spot delivery of ‘Nakals’ of all land registers and these are available at Fard Kendras.
The Punjab Government has ensured that all the 163 Fard Kendras become operational and the mega task of computerising all land records has already been achieved. The land record of all the villages has been computerized and now every villager can get a copy of Fard across the counter at a nominal rate of Rs. 20 per page instantly. This is the initiative that Punjab Government has brought about for the benefit of farmers and other rural people. This would also lead to solving lot many disputes relating to land records because authentic information would be available at the click of a button.
For its effective implementation and to ensure that benefits reach people of Punjab, the Punjab Government has issued directions to Financial Commissioner Revenue to start helpline numbers in every district so that any villager can get any mistake in the land record rectified by reporting on this. The future would see these portals becoming interactive for an interface with people and mainly farmers.
The Revenue Department has also started putting land record on the web so that any person can view the status of his land record sitting at home. This would eventually lead to transparent, corruption-free and people-friendly revenue administration. The endeavor would be to improve the interaction of people with the department and he would ensure that every citizen gets due respect from all revenue authorities.
Already the difference in the functioning of Revenue department is being felt by all and sundry. Now there is no need to make visits to Revenue officials and wait for a copy of “girdwari” of crop sown and other entries in revenue record. The ownership of land and who is tilling the same would be there in the computerized form in the “nakal” so provided at the Fard Kendra in a most transparent manner.