Evaluation of Computerisation of Land Records in Karnataka
This January 2006 evaluation by Manoj Ahuja and A. P. Singh explores the extent to which computerisation of land records - required to obtain a bank loan, conduct a land survey, apply for government benefits, make land transactions, help resolve a land-related dispute, and so on - can solve multiple problems of farmers in rural India. According to the implementers of the project, the strategy of using information technology to foster economic development among farmers is a key issue in a country where nearly 63% of the population is dependent on agriculture. In this context, and with the objective of streamlining the maintenance and updating of land records, the Ministry of Rural Development sanctioned a scheme for computerisation of land records (CoLR) in 1991 in many states of India, with the assistance of the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The state government legally abolished all hand-written records after the implementation of this project.