In order to make the land investment task simpler for public ventures, in addition to bring an end to dubious land ownership, the government will soon be issuing a 14-digit specific land parcel identification number in six states. The unique number will consist of ownership details of the plot besides its size and longitudinal and latitudinal details up to taluka level and beyond, if applicable.
Also, The unique number of ULPIN would subsequently be linked to the Aadhaar and revenue court system.
Reports stated, the decision to these consequences was taken in a meeting between top state government officials and officials of the department of land resources. The meeting was chaired by the secretary of the department of land resources.
However, as part of the Ministry of Rural Development, pilot testing in the six states of Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha and Jharkhand has been completed last year and will eventually be completed successfully, and these pilot projects will soon be introduced in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Sikkim.
In addition to this, ULPINs will now be rolled out in a graded manner in all land holdings, starting from this month. Besides this official stated it’s an advantage that this would facilitate real estate transactions, help resolve property tax issues and improve disaster planning and response efforts. Along with that all the issues related to the collection of taxes and ownership of the plot can be traced using one single number.
Land disputes, the validity of titles and records, and rightful ownership account for two-thirds of the cases pending in the country’s courts and it takes over 20 years on average to resolve them, impacting sectors and projects, shows some estimates.
Besides, the land is often used as collateral for loans taken by farmers and unclear land deals inhibit their capacity to do so. Once implemented, the ULPIN will help genuine farmers to avail loans against their land.
The government has been implementing the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme for several years now that aims at digitization of the land records and property registration process.