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He was inaugurating the Regional Training Institute of Land Records and Survey Settlement Department at Sharana Sirasagi village on the outskirts of Gulbarga.
Mr. Kharge said that on an experimental basis, the Government had taken a fresh survey in all villages in Maddur taluk in Mandya district, and it could be extended to all other taluks in the State.
He said that though the law stipulated that resurvey of lands should be repeated every 30 years, it had not been done in 70 years except for some work done in Kodagu district. Many changes had taken place in land ownership, and new villages, which had come up during the past 70 years, had not been included in the survey records. To resolve disputes, the old records were taken into account, he said.
Mr. Kharge said that for a resurvey of all the 35,000 villages in the State, huge resources were required, and the Revenue Department should draw up plans and submit a proposal to aid agencies such as the World Bank and other financial institutions for funds.
The Minister of State for Revenue, M. Mallikarjuna Nagappa, said resurvey of lands would be extended to other parts of the State in phases. In the first phase, the Government had decided to resurvey lands in each of the hoblis in the four revenue divisions Gulbarga, Bangalore, Belgaum, and Mysore next year.
Mr. Kharge stressed the important role played by surveyors in fixing the boundaries of villages, taluks, districts, and the State, and those of lands owned by individuals. He noted that the Revenue Department faced severe shortage of surveyors, which hampered routine survey. The Government had not, of late, recruited surveyors to fill vacancies and created new posts to meet the demand. The Revenue Department should seek the help of private surveyors by issuing licences and imparting training to enable them to take up government work, he suggested.
To this, Mr. Nagappa said that the Government had granted licences to about 2,000 private surveyors, and they would start work after training.
Mr. Kharge said that the Revenue Department should construct buildings for the offices of the Land Records and Survey Settlement at the sub-divisional headquarters.
Responding to the suggestion, Mr. Nagappa said that the department had already prepared a detailed plan for constructing 58 buildings for sub- divisional offices.
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