Software to digitise defence land outside cantonment

Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: A newly developed software that will enable digitising the records of defence land located outside cantonments was released here Monday by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju.

Speaking on the occasion, Raju called upon officials responsible for defence estates to utilise the military land register (MLR) software for effective land management.

"With the fast-paced economy, the pressure on land has multiplied and it is now a precious commodity which requires judicious exploitation," he added.

The director general of defence estates, C.R. Mohapatra, pointed out that the task before his organisation was voluminous since the defence ministry is the biggest landholder in the central government.

Since his organisation was flooded with litigation over land held by it across the country, Mohapatra hoped the new software would come in handy in dispute resolution.

According to him, officials are being trained in the new software at the National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM).

Mohapatra said that the digitisation project had been delayed by over three months and is likely to be completed by March next year.

The Directorate General of Defence Estates (DGDE) and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) have jointly developed the MLR software.

It supplements the general land register (GLR) that maintains the records of defence land located within cantonments. The GLR, which Raju released in Nov 2006, is in various stages of implementation in all 62 cantonments spread across the country.
Source: IANS
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