SC orders provinces to computerise land record in 3 months
30 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed all the provinces to computerise land revenue records within three months.
A three-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, is hearing a suo motu case regarding corruption in the provincial revenue departments.
The chief justice said that cases of corruption had been increasing due to irregularities in land records, adding that computerisation of land records would reduce the litigation regarding land disputes.
A senior official of the Punjab government informed the court that computerisation centres had started work in 12 districts of the province, adding that compurterisation of records in the remaining districts would start in two months. He also briefed the court about the details of the computerisation process.
A Sindh Revenue Board member said that 27 computerisation centres would start operation in the next three months.
The chief justice observed that the computerisation work should be started from the areas under the hold of feudals and landlords. The court directed the provinces to submit report in three months.
During the last hearing, the court had directed the land revenue departments of all the provinces to submit progress reports on computerisation of land records fortnightly, while the Punjab and Sindh governments were directed to provide technical assistance to Balochistan and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa governments for computerising land revenue records in their provinces.