Computerisation of defence land records by March-end: Govt

Using a special computer software named "Raksha Bhoomi", the Defence Ministry is likely to complete the computerisation of all defence lands in the country by the end of this month, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 18:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Using a special computer software
named "Raksha Bhoomi", the Defence Ministry is likely to
complete the computerisation of all defence lands in the
country by the end of this month, the Rajya Sabha was informed
on Wednesday.

In his written reply to the House, Defence Minister A
K Antony said, "The project on computerisation of Military
Lands Register and General Lands Register through a software
named "Raksha Bhoomi" is already going on and is likely to be
completed by March 2011."

Replying to a question on management of defence land
records, the Minister added, "Steps have been initiated to
streamline proper management of Defence land and its
Protection."

"Two projects, one on Digitisation of land records
involving scanning, indexing and microfilming and the other on
Survey of Defence Land using modern technology have been
sanctioned recently. Both projects are to be carried out in
time-bound manner," he said.

Meanwhile, replying to a query on whether a plot of land
in Kandivali-Malad region of Mumbai was sold to a private
builder by the Central Ordnance Depot, the minister said,
"Army Headquarters (AHQ) has recommended that the case be
investigated by the CBI."

"After considering the matter, Government has asked the
AHQ to ascertain either by holding a Court of Inquiry or
otherwise as to how Head Quarters Southern Command
relinquished claim on the said land. Further action will be
taken on receipt of AHQ," Antony said.

He said that as reported by Director General Defence
Estates, 13.28 acres of state government land in village
Akurli was held on hire by Army since long.

"In 2007, Collector, Mumbai Suburban district allotted
51.66.50 square meters of land adjacent to Central Ordnance
Depot (COD) to M/s Neo Pharma Ltd. After receiving its market
value.

This was objected to by COD and Defence Estates Officer
(DEO) on the grounds that this formed part of Defence land on
hire," the Minister informed the Parliament.

He added that the Collector was also informed that COD
will not permit any agency to take possession of Defence Land
without approval of the Ministry of Defence. However, their
objections were overruled by the Collector. COD persisted its
objections and resisted handing over possession of the said
land.

"Subsequently, at the direction of Headquarters,Southern
Command, Neo Pharma was permitted to go ahead with the planned
development of the plot," he said.

PTI