Government of Punjab has launched a project titled "Land Records Management & Information Systems (LRMIS)" with the objective of improving service delivery, modernizing the system of maintenance of Land Revenue Records in the province and to enhance the perceived level of tenure security.
Making land rights secure, reducing the potential for disputes and enabling an improved investment climate are urgent tasks for the Board of Revenue and have been prioritized at the highest levels of the Government of Punjab for the entire province. Over the long-term, the Government intends to move to an effective system of land records management which will link text and spatial data effectively and will make rights in land more secure. This entailed significant institutional, legal and policy changes, as well as investment in human resource development, information systems, and improvement in the available databases on land. It also aims at improving public accessibility to the land records by simplifying procedures, introducing appropriate legal changes and deploying an efficient system to ensure security of data and delivery of a range of land record services to the end users.
The project plans include setting up 96 Tehsil Service Centers, 22 Sub-Tehsil Service Centers and 36 District Service Centers in the Province. The Patwaris will have to have regular interaction with the Service Center for exchange of information. Similarly, the Revenue Officers will also have a regular interface with the system. The Revenue Officers (Tehsildars and Naib-Tehsildars) are responsible for electronically validating data regarding decided Mutations (Land Transfers), Taghayurs (changes in cultivation recorded at the time of six monthly crop inspections) and Fard Badars when the system becomes operational.
NIFT has offered its services and won the contract for two LOTs containing four districts each through bidding process in July 2011. The two LOTs consists of LOT1 (Districts Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat & Mandi Bahauddin) and LOT2 (Districts Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Jhelum & Attock). NIFT had to perform Scanning and Data Entry of existing paper based records to make LRMIS operational and starting service delivery through this system.
All Revenue records including forms and registers are maintained manually by Revenue Officials in concerned Revenue Districts and Tehsils. NIFT is responsible for scanning and data entry of land record's data. NIFT, as service provider, liaised with district land revenue administration and got source documents for scanning. Scanning is done at District and Tehsil levels at land revenue offices. These scanned images are then indexed by adding attributes to tag each image. This becomes the source information for data entry in LRMIS application (provided by PBOR) at NIFTs data entry facilities located in Rawalpindi and Karachi. The data entry process would synchronize the manual data with the automated system of land records. This bears pivotal importance because the land transactions carried out after automation will be linked to the old manual records.
By the grace of God and the efforts done by the PBOR Project team from top to bottom, NIFT has completed the scanning and indexing of all '8' districts as per the project plan. Similarly, data entry of '4' districts is almost completed and remaining four districts' data entry is in process. The project will be completed in December, 2015.