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Over 1cr citizens avail e-Mutation services in 75 days: Land Minister

Published : Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 333

In only 75 days after launching the e-Mutation programme in 485 Upazila and Circle Land Offices and 3,617 Union Land Offices, more than one crore people of the country have received necessary services through the e-Mutation system.
During the same time the land offices have received a total of 9.96 lakh applications through online for e-Mutation. Of the applications, around 6.55 lakh were already disposed while disposal of the rest are undergoing, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Jabed told at a press conference at his Ministry conference room at the Secretariat on Monday.
He also informed his Ministry in association with the A2I (Access to Information) project under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Informational and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry is working to ensure supply of power and internet connections for all land offices across the country within 2021. Once the facilities are ensured, people would get land services easily.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Chairman of Land Reforms Board Ummul Hasna and A2I Project Director Dr Abdul Mannan also spoke at the press conference.
In the press conference, a research report titled 'Research findings of e-Mutation efficiency evaluation' was disclosed. A post graduate researcher of Yale University of USA Martin Matson made a report compiling the findings of his research.
Land Minister said that the land registration offices, which are under the Law Ministry, register around 42 lakh land registrations every year. At the same time, around 20 lakh to 25 lakh new mutation cases come into existence due to family inheritance every year.
"But, land offices can update the ownerships of only 30 lakh to 35 lakh. The rests 30 lakh to 32 lakh land ownership transfer cases remain out of mutation or record due to lack of capacity in the conventional system. Now, the people will be able to mutate their lands easily, quickly and accurately through online under the e-Mutation application system," the Minister added.
He said it would not be possible to ensure uninterrupted e-Mutation service, if continuous broadband service cannot be ensured in all land offices. In addition, solar power connection will also be given in all land offices to ensure uninterrupted power supply. At present, the Ministry is buildings 4,000 land offices across the country. All offices will be given solar power system.
State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the land offices could assure 60 per cent e-Land services suitably in only two and half a months. It's now the challenge of the authority to ensure the 100 per cent e-Services in land management including the e-Mutation services.
To ensure it, the authorities concerned have been working together to ensure access to electricity, increase internet connectivity, develop software system solution and modernise capacity development. To develop new software for different e-Land services, the authorities concerned are going to organise a camp next October, he added.
The report claimed the efficiency of the employees to deliver land services through e-Mutation has increased by 36 per cent than that of the manual system in the case of a mandatory '45 day e-Mutation' system and increased by 20 per cent at existing mandatory '28 day e-Mutation' system. Now, it is mandatory for the Upazila Land Offices to settle down mutation related cases by 28 days instead of the previous 45 days timeline.

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