‘Historic efforts towards rural transformation’: PM on Property Cards scheme

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the physical distribution of property cards under the SVAMITVA scheme virtually, while saying that this is a landmark day for rural development and a historic effort towards rural transformation.

These cards are physical copies of property titles of the villagers’ homes and the surrounding areas they own (as opposed to the cultivated land).

He said one lakh beneficiaries from Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have been handed over the legal papers of their houses today and promised to give such property cards to every household in the next three-four years in every village of the country.

Prime Minister said ownership of land and house plays a big role in the development of the country. He added when there is a record of property, citizens gain confidence and new avenues of investment open.

“Loan is easily available from the bank on record of property, employment and self-employment avenues open. But the difficulty is that today only one-third of the population in the world has a record of their property legally,” he said.

He added the property card will clear the way to buy and sell property without any dispute for the villagers. “Today we have so many youths in the village who want to do something on their own. After getting the property card, easy access to loans from banks on their houses would be ensured,” he said.

“With the new technology like using drones in mapping and survey, accurate land records of every village can be created. Due to accurate land records, development-related work in the village will also be easier which would be another benefit of these property cards,” he added.

Under the SVAMITVA (ownership) scheme, land parcels in rural inhabited areas are mapped using drone technology and CORS (Continuously Operating Reference Stations).

The Government plans to establish nearly 300 Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) across the country under the scheme.

6.2 lakh villages are to be covered in four years (Apr’20-Mar’24) under the scheme which is intended to create accurate land, reduce property-related disputes and increase liquidity of land parcels.

SVAMITVA will also streamline planning and revenue collection and ensure clarity on property rights in rural areas.

Apart from that, the scheme will enable creation of better-quality Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs).

While interacting with beneficiaries of the scheme, PM said, “Today is the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan and social reformer Nanaji Deshmukh. These two leaders worked tirelessly for rural development.”