New Delhi, India: The Ministry of Urban Development has set up a working group to develop a model for land and property title certification so that an effective, transparent and modern system can be adopted in all the states, according to Jaipal Reddy, Minister of Urban Development, Government of India (GoI). Reddy was addressing a national seminar on ‘Challenges of Land Titling.’
The day long seminar discussed issues like land and title and tenure, initiatives by various central ministries in this regard, slum- mapping and title projects, application of technology and spatial data for modernising land title management and experience of Peru Government in formalisation of informal property rights.
Highlighting the need of effective title certification system, the minister said that GoI identifies land title reforms as a critical reform for country’s progress. This reform is far more urgent and relevant for urban areas as its absence has an adverse impact on planned and equitable growth of the cities. The impact of lack of clarity of records and rights is found most acutely in urban planning, urban management and urban governance. It also led to some of the land scams in the recent past, he said
Underlining the efforts being made by his ministry, Readdy said that the implementation of title reforms is one of the crucial components of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) which is the flagship scheme of the ministry of urban development, but desired initiatives yet to be taken in this area by the states, he added.