Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma directed all state agencies to complete “Mission Basundhara” by the May 10 deadline.
At a programme organized by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department in Guwahati, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched “Mission Basundhara” on 2nd October 2021.
The mission is a significant step forward in streamlining land-related activities.
Moreover, ‘Mission Basundhara’ was conceived under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam in order to streamline and resolve land revenue services and make them more accessible to citizens.
The mission, according to Assam’s chief minister, aims to cut out the middleman and reduce unnecessary visits to government offices, while also empowering the public to resolve land-related issues online and in a hassle-free manner.
Moreover, he expressed his happiness and gratitude to the people of Assam for making this mission a success and he says, “My gratitude to citizens of Assam for reiterating your faith in the Government by the stupendous response to Mission Basundhara.”
Further, more than 8,13,700 applications have been received and More than 700 villages are yet to be surveyed.
The mission aims to reduce the time it takes to update land records by using mission mode to expedite the delivery of services requested by citizens and to improve the ease of doing business in the land management ecosystem.
Meanwhile, the mission’s main components are purification of land records in a mission mode, polygon survey of 672 non-cadastral villages that have yet to be surveyed, and re-survey of 18789 cadastral villages in 27 districts using the hybrid methodology.
The application period in the portal is October 2, 2021 – November 30, 2021, with the deadline for disposal being May 10, 2022.
Apart from these nine services, a polygon survey of Assam’s yet-to-be-surveyed 672 non-cadastral villages will be conducted by March 31, 2022, and a re-survey of the state’s cadastral villages will be conducted by December 31, 2023, using hybrid methodologies such as drones, ETS, and DGPS.
Furthermore, under the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme, Mission Basundhara will work to achieve the goal of total digitalization of maps and integration of maps and land records in Assam, while a re-survey exercise will result in accurate, synchronised real-time land records.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s View on Mission Basundhara
The Chief Minister urged Circle Officers to work diligently to ensure the Mission’s success, stating that nearly 700 land brokers had been arrested as a prelude to the Mission, removing middlemen from the system and that now Circle Officers must take up the responsibility of implementing the programme with integrity and dedication.
“Securing land rights of indigenous populations is the prime objective of the mission. The public, especially the poor and disadvantaged sections, must be able to get their land-related work done through Mission Basundhara,” CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said
According to him, this mission provides an opportunity for all Assam Civil Service Officers to set an example of public service for future generations.
In addition, he also stated that each circle office would receive Rs 1 crore for the reconstruction of their offices, as well as the necessary vehicles and logistics support and a total of Rs 225 crore, would be spent on the program’s implementation and that the Mission would be able to reconstruct all of the state’s lost land records.
Dr Sarma warned government employees against complacency, negligence, or corrupt practices in the Mission’s implementation, saying that inaction is the worst crime.
The Mission’s primary goal is to protect indigenous people’s land rights, and the public, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, must be helped to complete land-related projects through Mission Basundhara, according to the Chief Minister.