Jammu and Kashmir launch National Generic Document Registration System

Published: September 19, 2020

On September 18 2020 Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha launched the National Generic Document Registration System for the union territory. The territory is now marking a major shift from its previous manual registration system to the online registration system for transactions in purchase or sale of land.

Background

Before the abrogation of article 370, according to the Jammu and Kashmir constitution, citizens outside Kashmir cannot buy or sell land in the territory. Now that the article has been abrogated the territory of Kashmir is being integrated with the National Generic Document Registration System. This is a big step towards national integration and a leap towards “One Nation One Software.”

What is National Generic Document Registration System?

The system was generated by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to address the diversity and variations that prevails across the states on account of formats, languages, processes and formulae. The software enables “anywhere access” to information and data to both the Enforcement Agencies and to common man. The system has so far been adopted in three states namely Punjab Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Six more states and union territories such as Andaman and Nicobar Islands Goa Bihar Manipur Jharkhand and Mizoram are moving towards the system. The national generic document registration system was developed under Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme.

Digital India land records modernization programme

The programme aims to digitise maps integrated data and carry out surveys to update records using modern techniques such as GIS mapping. The program is to provide more emphasis on establishing conclusive ownership using biometric identification and blockchain Technology. It is centrally funded scheme that was launched in 2016. The aim of the program is to create error-free land records and enable easy access to information all over the country.

Along with the scheme the Government of India is also computerizing Sub Registrar offices in the states.

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