KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister has directed the revenue officials to protect and preserve complete record of all lands by latest methods and processes.
He said that records should be preserved by lamination, plastic coating, making their films, and digitising them. He also directed the revenue department to make sure that everyone should have access to the records as well.
A senior official working at registration section of the revenue department, Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, said in his detailed briefing to the chief minister that different integrated schemes were launched by the department on the orders of the president. The schemes include computerisation and establishment of Land Administration and Revenue Management Information on System, creation of Geographic Information System for land administration and revenue management in Sindh, preservation of records in the survey directorate, settling land records by scanning, micro-filming, cataloging and digitizing maps. The project was approved at a cost of Rs75 million.
Zulfiqar Shah said that land revenue records were already being computerised and stored in a central database which has been connected with 27 facilitation centres and integrated with digital mapping system.
The cost of this project has come up to be about Rs4,305 million out of which Rs1,397 million have been allocated. The project is expected to be completed in December this year.
Zulfiqar Shah informed the chief minister that United Nations Development Programme is also assisting the Board of Revenue in the preservation process. Sindh is the first province to digitise its land maps at the level of dehs.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2012.
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