In an endeavour to transform rural India, on Sunday 11th October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the distribution of property cards by means of drones to around 132,000 landowners under the Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas ‘SVAMITVA’ scheme that was launched on April 24 this year. The scheme aims to provide the ‘record of rights’ to household owners in rural areas and issue property cards that are physical copies of property titles for the villagers’ homes and the surrounding areas they own. Each card will get a unique identification number similar to the Aadhaar card.
The card distribution program will be unveiled via video conferencing and Prime Minister Modi will interact with some of the beneficiaries during the virtual event. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development will also join the event. These beneficiaries are from 763 villages across six states including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Karnataka. All these six states have signed an MoU for a drone survey of rural areas and implementation of the scheme with the Survey of India.
“The launch will enable nearly one lakh property holders to download their property cards through the SMS link delivered on their mobile phones. This will be followed by the physical distribution of the property cards by the respective state governments,” PMO said in a statement.
The scheme is being implemented throughout the country in several phases covering 662,000 villages from 2020 to 2024. This is the first time that modern means of technology is being used on such an extensive scale to benefit millions of rural property owners as this enables them to use their property as a financial asset for taking loans and other monetary benefits.