Revenue records to be just a click away

Pradeep Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 9

Centuries-old revenue records in Haryana will soon be available at the click of the mouse with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar approving an ambitious Rs 76-crore project to digitise record rooms in revenue offices across the state.

Under the new project, two modern record rooms in Chandigarh and one each in all districts would be digitised soon to pave the way for getting old records within a few minutes.

Currently, revenue records comprising lakhs of files and dating back to 1870 are being maintained manually by the Revenue Department. However, termite has taken its toll on old records in some of the revenue offices in the state leaving important documents in a damaged condition.

Under the new initiative, important revenue records would be scanned, catalogued and put in the ‘digital box’ in the modern record rooms. These records could be retrieved at the time of need which would save time and money of the department and the general public, sources told The Tribune.

On June 25, Khattar had inaugurated the first digital record room at Kaithal. As many as 1 lakh revenue files are set to be digitally stored in the record room which has the capacity to digitally store around 2 lakh files.

In fact, buoyed by the success of the experiment at Kaithal, another digital record room at Sonepat, where files dating back to 1870 are being stored, is almost ready. The experiment will later be replicated across the state.

The sources said after the completion of the digitisation project, the general public would able to access any revenue record by feeding any of the parameters such as name, village and file name in matter of a few minutes.

Chief Minister’s media adviser Rajiv Jain claimed the digitisation of the record rooms would go a long way in preserving the revenue records. “This will save time and money of both the Revenue Department and general public as the records will be available at the click of the mouse,” he added.

The new initiative

Under the new initiative, important revenue records would be scanned, catalogued and put in the ‘digital box’ in the modern record rooms. These records can be retrieved at the time of need which would save time and money of the department and the general public.