Visakhapatnam: Taking another step towards decentralisation of services by establishing village secretariats, the Andhra Pradesh government issued an order (GO380) on 21 December to facilitate land registrations at the village level.

As per the government order, a pilot project would be established in Takkellapadu village under Jaggaiahpeta mandal in Krishna district where people could register their properties.

According to the notification, special chief secretary Rajat Bhargava said in terms of section 7(1) of the Registration Act 1908, Takkellapadu village secretariat in Jaggaiahpeta mandal in Krishna district is declared/notified to be the office of sub-registrar to carry out all or any of the functions contained in the Indian Stamps Act 1899 and the Registration Act 1908.

The special chief secretary asked the principal secretary (PR and RD), district collector, gram volunteers, and village secretaries to provide necessary infrastructure, including buildings, web cameras, space for record room, furniture, computer room, scanner, printer, biometric devices, and networking to set up a registration office in the Takkellapadu village secretariat.

He asked the inspector-general (registration and stamps) to provide necessary training support and other facilities in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the registration centre. The notification will come into immediate effect, the special chief secretary said.

He said the new system is part of Navaratnalu and will ensure corruption-free governance, easy access to public services, transparency and accountability, qualitative service and speedy public delivery, and easy verifiability of land records.

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