The Telangana government took a decision to scrap the Village Revenue Officer (VRO) system in the state. On Monday, the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar ordered all the district collectors to collect all the records with respect to the department by 3 pm and submit them to the government by 5 pm.
The scrapping of the VRO system comes at a time just after the state brought in a new Revenue Bill to bring in more transparency and weed out departmental corruption. This decision was followed by dissatisfaction from the VROs.
This move was followed by orders declaring the holiday for the land registrations across the state from Tuesday till further orders. However, registration of will deeds, services related to franking and administration of marriages and will continue as usual. The authorities concerned also stopped booking slots for registrations and selling revenue stamps on Monday immediately. People visited sub registrar offices across the state for registrations shocked at the decision of the state government and also protested against the decision taking without prior notice.
The state’s Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao informed the media that the state will present the new Revenue Bill 2020 on Wednesday in the monsoon session of the Assembly. If the new Bill is passed, it will replace 139 revenue and land legislations and rules that are redundant and irrelevant.
The new Bill aims to clear out corruption by reducing human interface for land transactions. It will also make legal the use of blockchain technology that will automatically update land records and mutations immediately. A pilot project for the same was being executed by the Revenue Department in coordination with the Information Technology and Electronics Department in Shamshabad area at the outskirts of Hyderabad since 2018.