Govt to link e-courts with land records

Centre government has planned to link e-court with land records and registration base in order to help bonafide buyers know if land is under any legal dispute.

Key Points

  • As of now, pilot project on linking eCourt with land records and registration database has been completed in states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana.
  • Department of Justice in Law Ministry has urged the registrars general of all high courts to provide clearance to state governments in order to integrate land records & registration database with e-Courts & National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) for faster disposal of property disputes.
  • Eight courts have responded including Tripura, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Himachal Pradesh.

Significance of eCourt-land record linking

  • eCourt- land record linking will reduce dubious transactions.
  • It will also help in dispute containment and reduce clogging of court’s system.

Why this linking was done?

As per Department of Justice, “registration of property easily and transparently” is a parameter evaluated by World Bank to assess performance of 190 global economies on Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Index. Thus, to comply with this index, linking was done.

Which nodal department will register the property?

Department of Land Resources (DoLR) is responsible for registering property index.

National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG)

NJDC, launched in 2015, is a part of e-Courts Integrated Mission Mode Project. It was launched with the aim of tracking judicial performance across different courts in India. It is working as National data warehouse for case data like orders or judgments for Courts. NJDC acts as a monitoring tool to identify, manage & reduce pendency of cases. It will also help in providing timely inputs on policy decisions to reduce delay in the system & facilitate better monitoring of court performance. It has helped India in improve its ranking in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report.

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