Accessibility of Agricultural Land Records in India

The Government of India launched the National Land Records Modernisation Programme (NLRMP) in 2008 by unifying the Computerisation of Land Records (CLR) and the Strengthening of Revenue Administration and Updating of Land Records (SRA and ULR) programmes. This was intended to improve the quality of land records across all States and Union Territories (UTs) of the country. Later in 2016, the NLRMP was brought under the “Digital India” initiative and renamed as the Digital India Land Records Modernisation Programme (DILRMP). This Policy Brief highlights the need to focus on the services that citizens would benefit from as a result of digitisation of land records, especially easier access to these records. The authors point out that accessibility of land records allows owners to verify their details and apply for corrections in case of discrepancies in the records. This would help in resolving disputes, saving time and resources, and improving the quality of land records. Since land is the essential commodity for property markets, access to accurate information in land records will also boost economic activity. 

Aswani Munnangi, Somnath Sen,  Deepak Sanan
Sep 2022