To curb property frauds, Goa government to use Aadhaar

PORVORIM: Resident as well as non-resident Goans will soon be able to follow their ancestral property and take steps to prevent fraudulent sale of their land once the state government implements an Aadhaar-based system which will send alerts regarding transactions about the linked properties.

“Regarding property, we are getting into a service to give Aadhaar-based alerts which is voluntary,” revenue minister Rohan Khaunte said on Monday during the discussion on the demand for grants for departments headed by him. “We expect the property owner to give his phone number and email id and if anyone comes forward to perform a transaction with the land, other than the owner, the owner will get an SMS and email.”

Given the controversy about implementation of Aadhaar, Khaunte said the linking of Aadhaar to property to avail the service would be purely voluntary.

“It is in the interest of Goenkar and those abroad. This will take of all the frauds,” the minister said.

In December, agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai had said the government was viewing introducing a law to grade fraudulent sale of ancestral property.

Goans living outside the state and expatriates have claimed that very frequently their ancestral land is sold without their knowledge. The government has already made it mandatory for citizens to provide their Aadhaar data while registering any property sale deed.

The revenue minister said the department had initiated GIS-mapping of all land records in the state which would be completed in a year‘s time. “Every citizen will have access to the GIS network. Digitisation of maps and land records to create an online digital database of land in Goa,” he said.

Responding to queries regarding the long-pending mutation and partition cases raised by MLAs from the opposition, Khaunte said the department had streamlined the process to obtain partition and mutation by creating an online single window system.

“Courts have been opened up on Saturdays for speedy disposal of mutation, partition and title cases. We have simplified the procedure and with that corruption has reduced,” he said.

To reduce the work load on the revenue department and to simultaneously provide government close to citizen‘s home, Khaunte said that a revenue bhavan would be opened up in Porvorim and one in Morod, . A dedicated office for the deputy collector in and in Ponda would be created in this financial year for which the office space had been identified.

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