The collectors have urged the chief secretary Somesh Kumar to take their plea to the cabinet sub-committee on Dharani issues, which is headed by finance minister T. Harish Rao.
Hyderabad: Unable to keep pace with the flurry of Dharani complaints, district collectors have urged the state government to relieve them from the responsibility of resolving such complaints citing existing workload.
Official sources said that the collectors have urged the chief secretary Somesh Kumar to take their plea to the cabinet sub-committee on Dharani issues, which is headed by finance minister T. Harish Rao.
The collectors reportedly suggested an exclusive state-level cell with senior revenue officials to deal with Dharani complaints. They state that about 80 per cent of complaints received in collectorates during the Monday ‘Prajavani’ pertained to Dharani. All the complaints are being directed to collectors as RDOs, MROs or revenue department officers have no powers to rectify errors in Dharani records. The collectors are apprehensive to make any changes citing future legal issues. They are simply forwarding them to the CCLA office in Hyderabad. Ironically, they are not being addressed even by the CCLA office as there has been no full-time chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) since the time Raymond Peter retired as CCLA in August 2016.
The cabinet sub-committee on Dharani submitted a report to the state cabinet on January 17 identifying 20 problematic issues that are causing severe hardships to landowners and sought their immediate redressal to make the portal user-friendly and error-free. They include erroneous inclusion of pattadar lands as government lands, changes with regard to land use, land category, correction of complaints related to spelling mistakes in names of landowners, missing survey numbers, errors in entry of extent of land, and allowing more than one buyer and seller during online registration.
However, the cabinet sub-committee made no mention of who should be given the powers to rectify the errors and make changes. It suggested collectors or a new mechanism to deal with such rectifications.