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440 Gajapati landless families get land titles

Paralakhemundi, Sep 23: The Gajapati district administration has distributed around 440 land pattas to landless families in its Rayagada tehsil on by using Mobile SMS Technology in the land titling process. The land right records were distributed on Wednesday.

While land is a foundational source of living for more than 65 percent of total workforce in Odisha, 54 percent of the rural households are landless (SECC 2011). Though the State Government has initiated pragmatic programmes to provide land to the landless, identifying and enumerating the landless have been a constant challenge. Besides, it is crucial to have appropriate mechanism and tools for recording of data, timely tracking and quick monitoring of the progress.

Landesa, a global non-profit organisation working towards securing land rights for the poorest people, is supporting the State Government to address these challenges. Landesa designed the Community Resource Persons (CRPs) model that uses a cadre of local literate youth trained to provide support to the revenue officials in accurately enumerating the landless.

Landesa along with its global technology partner SIMLab, has developed a technology innovation to use Mobile SMS Technology in land titling process. 

“Use of SMS technology is easy and it enables free flow of information among the field level revenue officials, the tehsildar and the Sub-Collector and the District Collector. It helps in data recording, sharing, progress monitoring, and generating short reports by sending single SMS through a low end mobile phone. This makes the process transparent and fast as one doesn’t have go to office and check records to know the status or wait for meetings where RIs can share updates,” said local Additional Tehsildar Pradeep Kumar Sethy.

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