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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme on Sunday to distribute property cards that will enable beneficiaries to take loans and resolve land disputes.

About SVAMITVA Scheme:

The Central Government launched SVAMITVA scheme on the occasion of National Panchayat Day, i.e. 24th April 2020. The Ministry of Panchayat Raj (MoPR) is a play role of Nodal Ministry for implementation of the scheme. In the States, the Revenue Department / Land Records Department will play the role of the Nodal Department. With the support of State Panchayat Raj Department, Nodal Departments carry out the scheme implementation. Survey of India shall work as the technology partner for implementation.

The scheme aim is to provide an integrated property validation solution for rural India. Also, they will be using the latest Drone Surveying technology for defining the inhabitant land in rural areas. This scheme would provide the ‘record of rights’ to village household owners.

Key Points:

1. To secure financial stability to the citizens in rural India and use their property as a financial asset for taking loans and other financial benefits.

2. Making accurate land records for rural planning

3. It is useful for determination of property tax

4. Using the GIS map, to make better quality Gram Panchayat Development Plan

5. It will also reduce property disputes and legal cases.

Area Covers: In the first phase, it will cover 1 lakh beneficiaries, including householders of 346 villages in UP, 221 in Haryana, 100 in Maharashtra, 44 in Madhya Pradesh, 50 in Uttarakhand and two in Karnataka.

The target of this scheme is to complete implementation in four years. The card will be available through digital technology also.

Also, it will help for Gram Panchayat that currently struggle with generating revenue, primarily through property tax. Which help to invest in the needs of local communities. The Gram Panchayat collected only 19 percent property tax accordingly to the Economic Survey 2018.

Source: PIB

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