Forget the days of running from pillar to post to get the mutation done after buying a property. Soon, you will be able to do it online. The state cabinet on Monday made the entire mutation process online, so that people don’t have to face third-party harassment. Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, after this “revolutionary decision”, people would not have to go to the BLRO office for mutation.
“After buying a property, one has to go for mutation. But we have information that people are being harassed by brokers. So we decided to make the entire process online. This will help around 12 lakh people every year,” said Banerjee. The chief minister also said that the government had already waived the mutation fees for farmers so that the purchase and sale of farmland becomes easier. The process of online mutation will also help keeping the land character unchanged. According to senior land department officials, brokers sometimes force the poor people to change the character of the land and sell it at a higher process. During the anti acquisition movement in Bhangar in January 2017, it was found that in many cases the character of the land had been changed. “The chief minster asked the land officials to frame new laws. To introduce a new system — “Records of Rights” — we needed all land records, including the ‘parcha’ where the name of the original owner of the land was mentioned. Finally, we digitised all those parchas for all 341 blocks of the state,” a senior official of the land and land revenue department said. “The digitised land records are to be linked to the registration offices that work under the finance department. According to the plan, once fresh registration is done after the new system is introduced, the land department would get the information online. The mutation certificate can be issued within 48 hours. The buyer will have to deposit the mutation fee while registering the land. The department is expected to generate additional revenue of Rs 500 crore because or this,” said the official. The chief minister also said that apart from online mutation, the government has decided to transfer possession rights to the people who are living in 1,618 acre of land in the Khasmahal areas of Midnapore and Kharagpur. “More than one lakh people will be benefitted from this. We have given land to 462 families in Alipurduar and rest will be completed soon,” the CM said.