Mullick said the letter attributed to the cabinet secretariat on digitalization of land records and linking the same to Aadhaar numbers had been deemed fake by the state government/h4>
PUNE: Chief secretary Sumit Mullick on Wednesday said the central government had not issued any circular asking to link Aadhar number to property card.
Mullick said the letter attributed to the cabinet secretariat on digitalization of land records and linking the same to Aadhaar numbers had been deemed fake by the state government. He stressed there was no such plan in the offing.
The district information offices in the state had issued a circular to this effect to the revenue department. But the revenue department officials had objected saying digitalization of land records was incomplete and so it was not possible to follow the central order.
Officials of the revenue department stated that the letter was on a watermark sheet and was attributed to the under-secretary of the Government of India. The move was aimed at taking appropriate action against those not linking properties to Aadhaar number under the benami transaction act.
The letter, dated June 15, asked chief secretaries, additional chief secretaries of all states and Union territories, Lt Governor of Delhi and secretary of Niti Aayog to ensure digitalization of all land records from 1950 and linking the information to property owners.
The letter stated that all documents of land records, mutation records, sale and purchase records from 1950 of any immovable property, including agricultural land, needed to be done before August 14 this year. The letter declared fake also mentioned that properties not kinked should be considered for appropriate action under the Benami Transaction (Prohibitions) Amended Act, 1916.
Officers of the settlement commissionerate told TOI that the work of edit module was being carried out and was in different phases. While some divisions had speeded up the work, there were some problems with the entries. The public reading of records is being carried out to ensure the corrected names are entered into the records to bring out an error-free digital document.
“Only after error-free digitized records are uploaded can they be linked with Aadhaar. We have no notification on the same,” said an official.