District officials to spend a day each month in villages

May 27, 2014, 08:19 IST | Priyankka Deshpande

3,000 class I and II officers will visit villages across district once a month to resolve revenue-related issues

After the resounding success of the ‘One day at Zilla Parishad’s Schools’ campaign, the divisional commissionerate has embarked on another ambitious programme. Under the programme, titled ‘One day at the village’, class I and II officers from the district revenue department will spend a day at villages across the district to try and resolve the revenue related problems in the village.

Leading by example: Pune Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh visited Urse village in Maval Taluka on May 23

The programme kicked off on May 23 and nearly 3,000 class I and II grade officers are supposed to visit the villages in Pune division once a month.

In the earlier initiative, class I and II officers visited various zilla parishad schools in the district to teach students in a bid to check the standard of education as well as the quality of the mid-day meals served at the schools.

“The school programme is still ongoing and we have observed a lot of improvements after the officers’ visit.

Therefore, we decided to start the ‘one day at the village’ programme,” said Division Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh.

“It’s aimed at understanding and solving the various revenue-related issues like including the name on the 7/12 extract, land mutation process and the registration of legal heirs for ownership of land,” said Deshmukh. He added that after the officers visit each village in the Pune division, the villagers would not have to come to the revenue branch of the district collectorate. The Pune division includes the five districts of Pune, Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur.

On May 23, when the program was implemented, Deshmukh himself visited Urse village in Maval Taluka. “The reading of the 7/12 extract is an important work that each officer would carry out during the visit. I noticed that that around 60 people in Urse village were dead but their names were still not deleted from the 7/12 extract,” Deshmukh added.

Overnight stay
The divisional commissionerate is planning to reserve Thursday as the day for the visit. According to details, the officers going to the village will visit the school and after 2 pm on the day, they will spend time with villagers.

“We have made it compulsory that the officers stay overnight in their allotted village, so that they connect with the villagers, which is important to ascertain the land related problems,’ Deshmukh added.

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