Bleak chances of tampering, will serve as document for providing financial assistance

Govt frames rules for Land Pass Books

Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, Jan 27: The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has framed rules for the Land Pass Books being issued to the land holders across the UT, with very bleak chances of tampering or fraud at any stage while this Pass Book will serve as document for providing any kind of financial assistance by the Financial Institution to the beneficiaries.
The official sources said that the Rules have been Notified by the J&K Revenue Department on January 25, 2022 and shall come into force on the day of its publication in the official Gazette. It said each revenue village in the Tehsil of the Union Territory of J&K, shall be the unit for issuance of Land Pass Book to the land holder, till the objective of issuance of single Land Pass Book to landholder indicative of his total landholding in the UT is achieved by the Government.
The sources further added that Deputy Commissioner of the district shall notify the villages whose Land records have been digitilized for the issuance/ generation of Land Pass Book in tri-lingual form. In this regard, every Tehsildar shall publish a notice in Form-II in the Notice Board of the Tehsil office, Noabat, Patwar Halqa and office of Gram Panchayat in each village, inviting applications in Form-III for issuance of Land Pass Book within seven days of the issuance of notification by the concerned Deputy Commissioner.
According to Rules, Tehsildar in his jurisdiction shall be responsible/ authorized person for preparing and issuance of Land Pass Book, and each landholder shall submit application duly filled in Form-III to the authority (Tehsildar) online on the portal designated for the purpose by the Government. Tehsildar as per rules, shall dispose of the application within seven days from the receipt of the application form and generate/issue Land Passbook to the landholder/ applicant.
While Land Pass book shall be issued against a payment of Rs 100 to the concerned Revenue authority, Tehsildar concerned shall be responsible for the correctness of every revenue entry made in the Land Pass Book. Moreover, the Land Pass Book as generated in Form-IV can also be downloaded by the landholder from the portal after making online payment of the prescribed fee.
It is pertinent to mention here that each Land Pass book issued/ generated under these rules, and made up to date, shall remain in force until the next Jamabandi. The Pass Book holder shall intimate the Tehsildar concerned for any change occurred in the land record during the said period and get it updated. Failure to get it updated shall render Land Pass book invalid, sources added.
“Each page of the Land Pass Book shall be digitally coded with QR Code, serially numbered and bear the name of the landholder to avoid any tempering/fraud. The QR Code shall be utilised for verifying the veracity of the digitally generated Land Pass book. No Land Pass Book shall be issued in respect of Government land,” the sources added.
” In case, the original Land Pass Book is lost, mutilated or damaged, any aggrieved person can apply for duplicate one by paying a sum of Rs 100 as fee. Tehsildar can revise the Land Pass Book `suo motto’ in case of any change therein, after giving an opportunity of being heard to the landholder,” sources maintained.
” If there appears any mistake in the Land Pass Book, the same can be challenged by making an appeal to the Deputy Commissioner who shall make such appropriate order to certify it, as he/ she deems fit,” sources added.
The Land Pass Book may be used as a document for grant of any financial assistance by any financial institution. The financial institution granting any financial help to the holder of the Land Pass Book shall have to inform the issuing authority- Tehsildar concerned of the financial assistance given to the landholder on the security of his holding and tehsildar shall make an appropriate entry in the land record.
The Rules suggest that any person aggrieved by an order passed by the Tehsildar, under Rule 3 may file an appeal before the Assistant Commissioner Revenue concerned within 30 days of the order passed by Tehsildar. And any person aggrieved by the order of ACR, under Rule 5, may file revision petition before Deputy Commissioner within 30 days.
The sources further revealed that failure or refusal to produce a Land Pass Book on demand by a Revenue Officer or interpolation or erasing anything in the Land Pass Book with intention to defraud any authority or make any false statement knowing or having a reason to believe the same to be false or alteration in the Land Pass Book by a person, shall be liable to punishment as prescribed under Sub Section (19) of Section 22-A and Section 22-F of the Jammu and Kashmir Land Revenue Act Svt 1996, the sources added.