Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday launched National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) under the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme to reduce unnecessary land and revenue litigations.

The NGDRS was launched on a pilot basis in Shimla (Urban) and Kumarsain Tehsil of Shimla district in the first instance for online registration of land records.

Speaking on the occasion, CM said that this would facilitate speedy registration in the state besides facilitating online valuation and payment. After the successful implementation of this pilot project, it would be rolled out throughout the state.

“Citizens would be facilitated to make request for online registration, stamp duty calculation and email enabled alerts to the citizens and users.

This would ensure check on any tampering with revenue records and the system would also help in effective maintenance of revenue records for the benefit of the landowners,” he said.

Thakur said the system would also go a long way in effective dealing with land-related issues and lessen the unnecessary litigation in revenue related matters.

The NGDRS would also help in avoiding duplicate usages of stamp paper and the copy of the registered document would be stored using scanning technology. The downloaded document could be viewed by generating a certified copy by authorised users.

Thakur said the landowners and buyers could make payment of stamp duty and registration fee through online mode. “Himachal Pradesh has become 7th state of Country to have implemented this project. It is a step forward in visualising the dream of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ‘One Nation One Software’,” he added.

On this occasion, CM also handed over the first computerised land registry to the landowners Rakesh Kumar and Meena.

Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India Ajay Prakash Sawhney while addressing the meeting through video conferencing from New Delhi said that the NGDRS was a uniform software being used throughout the country for benefit of the users.

He said that the facility of Digilock has also been provided so that consumers could digilock their important documents. Principal Secretary, Revenue Onkar Chand Sharma while welcoming the Chief Minister and others, detailed various salient features of this pilot project.

Joint Secretary, department of Land Records Hukum Singh Meena and State Informatics Officer, NIC Ajay Singh Chahal also spoke on the occasion. Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, Director Information and Public Relations Harbans Singh Brascon and other senior officers were also present on the occasion among others.