The Assam government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Survey of India for implementing the Svamitva scheme in the state.
- The MoU was signed between Assam, Director of Land, Records and Survey, Shantanu P Gotmare, and Director Assam and Nagaland, Survey of India.
- The scheme aims at providing an integrated property validation solution for rural areas.
- The scheme will be implemented by the Assam Government’s Department of Revenue and Disaster Management and the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj with the support of Panchayat and Rural Development.
- Survey of India is the technology partner. It will take steps for the survey of inhabited rural land by drone as well as the establishment of ground-based control stations to enable a detailed spatial database of properties in rural areas.
- This scheme is expected to reduce property-related disputes in rural areas and legal cases.
About Swamitva Scheme:
- This scheme was launched on April 24, 2020 on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day.
- It was rolled out across India on April 24, 2021.
- It would provide ‘record of rights’ to village household owners who are possessing houses in inhabited rural areas in villages. This in turn, would enable the villagers to use their property as financial asset to take loans and other financial benefits from banks.
- Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations.
- It is situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys.
- Its capital is Dispur.
- The current Governor and the Chief Minister of Assam are Professor Jagdish Mukhi and Himanta Biswas Sarma respectively.
About Survey of India:
- The Survey of India is India’s central engineering agency in charge of mapping and surveying.
- It was set up in 1767 to help consolidate the territories of the British East India Company.
- The National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, is the oldest scientific department of the Government of India (GoI).
- Its members are from Survey of India Service cadre of Civil Services of India and Army Officers from the Indian Army Corps of Engineers.
- It is headed by the Surveyor General of India.
- The Survey of India is headquartered at Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand.
- Currently, Survey of India is headed by Sh. Naveen Tomar.
- In its assigned role as the Nation’s principal mapping agency, Survey of India bears a special responsibility to ensure that the country’s domain is explored and mapped suitably to provide base maps for expeditious and integrated development and ensure that all resources contribute their full measure to the progress, prosperity, and security of our country now and for generations to come.