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Single-window land revenue board to be set up for swift conversions




The government will bring an amendment to the Land Revenue Code during the forthcoming winter session of the state legislative assembly to ensure that the matters pertaining to land conversions are handled in a time-bound manner.

“The government has succeeded in handling cases pertaining to mutation and partition in a time bound-manner, however is very slow in the area of conversions,” said Revenue Minister Rohan

Khaunte, adding that this is due to the slow response from the department of town and country planning as well as forest department.

“A related amendment in the Land Revenue Code would, therefore, be brought during the forthcoming winter session of the state legislative assembly,” he added.

Earlier, Khaunte handed over orders of regularisation of unauthorised structures in private lands to around 80 persons from different talukas, at a special function held in the city. This is a part of the implementation of the Goa Regularisation of Unauthorised Construction Act 2016.

This is the first phase of issuance of such orders, and the set of people who have been given these orders had already paid the related fees. They now would be allowed to regularise their unauthorised structures as per the Act.

The particular Act is aimed towards regularisation of unauthorised constructions in Goa and for matters connected and incidental thereto.

Khaunte, speaking on the occasion said that the government was considering a proposal for the implementation of a single-window, high-powered Land Revenue Board, which would be set up by the revenue department.

“The proposed Board would take up all matters with regard to land conversion through single window, with all concerned government departments like town and country planning, forest and revenue making decisions in a time-bound manner,” he added.

Speaking further, the Revenue Minister said that the government had streamlined several procedures like mutation and partition and had also started online services for the benefit of the common man.

“This government is for the common man and we are trying to start Common Service Centres in every taluka in the state, which will offer services in a time-bound manner to the people,” he noted.

Those present for the function included Secretary for Revenue Nila Mohanan, Collector for North Goa Levinson Martins, Additional Collector-I for North Goa Vikas Gaunekar and Additional Collector- I for South Goa Agnelo Fernandes.

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