Survey of India signs MoU with Assam Govt for rural property survey

Guwahati/New Delhi: The Assam government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Survey of India for implementing the Svamitva scheme in the state, which aims to provide an integrated property validation solution for rural areas. The MoU was signed between Assam, Director of Land Records and Surveys, Shantanu P Gotmare and Director Assam and Nagaland, Survey of India on Monday.

The Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, and the Assam Government's Department of Revenue and Disaster Management will implement the scheme with the support of the Panchayat and Rural Development.

Survey of India, as the technology partner, 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.

It is expected to reduce property related disputes in rural areas and legal cases.

The Svamitva scheme was launched on a pilot basis on April 24, 2020, on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day, and was rolled out across India on April 24 this year.

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The scheme would provide the ''record of rights'' to village household owners possessing houses in inhabited rural areas in villages which, in turn, would enable them to use their property as a financial asset for taking loans and other financial benefits from banks.

Survey of India

The Survey of India is India's central engineering agency in charge of mapping and surveying. India's national mapping agency was set up over 250 years back in 1767 to help consolidate the territories of the British East India Company, it is one of the oldest Engineering Departments of the Government of India. Its members are from the 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. At present, the Survey of India is headed by Naveen Tomar.

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