PM Modi launches Property Cards for villagers in India; one lakh beneficiaries handed ownership papers

Beneficiaries of property cards will have a right, a legal document of owning houses. The scheme will bring historical changes to the villages in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the physical distribution of property cards under the SVAMITVA Scheme through video conferencing in the effort to make historical changes in rural India. He said the beneficiaries of the property card will have a right, a legal document of owning their houses.

Interacting with the beneficiaries of ‘SVAMITVA Scheme' who have got property cards of their houses, Modi said India has taken another major step towards an AtmaNirbhar Bharat, as the scheme aims to make rural India self-reliant, Modi said .

Modi said in a release by the PMO that one lakh beneficiaries from Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have been handed over the legal papers of their houses today and promised to give such property cards to every household in the next three-four years in every village of the country.

Property cards distribution coincides with the birth anniversary of two great leaders, Jai Prakash Narayan and Nana ji Deshmukh. The birth anniversary of these two great men did not just fall on the same date, rather their struggle and ideals were also similar, Modi said, recalling that both Nananji and JP fought their entire lives for empowerment of Rural India and the poor.

Recalling Nanaji’s words “when the people of the village remain trapped in disputes, neither they will be able to develop themselves nor the society”, Modi said, adding the "ownership  of houses will become a great medium to end many disputes in our villages".

Modi said ownership of land and house plays a big role in the development of the country. When there is a record of property, citizens gain confidence and new avenues of investment open, he said.

Loan is easily available from the bank on record of property, employment and self-employment avenues open. But the difficulty is that today only one third of the population in the world has a record of their property legally, he pointed out.

Modi said the property card will clear the way to buy and sell property without any dispute for the villagers. After getting the property card, easy access to loans from banks on their houses would be ensured. He said with the new technology like using drones in mapping and survey, accurate land records of every village can be created. Due to accurate land records, development related work in the village will also be easier which would be another benefit of these property cards.

The prime minister also said a major campaign to connect every village in the country with the optical fiber connection is also going on at a fast pace.

First Published:Oct. 11, 2020, 4:24 p.m.

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