Saturday, 22 February 2020 10:35

Sri Lanka e-land registration continues with MCC’s land project in balance

Sri Lanka government is continuing the e-land registration programme indirectly acknowledging the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact grant of streamlining the land administration in the country, official sources said.


MCC’s grant of US $ 67.3 million is proposed to be allocated to land projects consisting of five activities that seek to improve access to private and state land, provide a more uniform valuation of land and assist the government in improving the land policy and governance framework, under which land is managed and administered..

However the Registrar General’s Department disclosed that they are now registering land deeds with the aid of new software.

Registrar General N.C. Withanage noted that they aim to reduce the amount of fraud that occurs with land deeds through the implementation of this program.

He said that they receive over 3000 complaints annually regarding the falsification of land deeds.

The introduction of an electronic system for the registration of lands took place in Colombo recently

The controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation Sri Lanka Compact is an agreement for a grant of 480 million US dollars to simplify processes and regulations surrounding lands in this country and to develop the transport system.

The interim report of the committee appointed by the current government to examine the MCC Sri Lanka Compact was submitted to the President on the 17th of this month.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s ambitious ‘Land Bank’ project aimed at improving access to private and state land while ensuring effective land management is now facing with tough challenges in computerisation of the information, Land Ministry officials claimed.

Computerisation of the information on the lands presently available in written documents and inclusion the same in the land information system is not up to the expectation at present, a senior official of the ministry who wished to remain anonymous said.

Parliament has made provisions of Rs.195 million and Rs.395 million in the year 2016 and 2017 respectively for the land bank project.

Out of the provisions made in the year 2017, a sum of Rs.116 million or 29 per cent had been utilized.

Due to disagreements among top officials and politicians and tough choices in identifying land parcels and tender procedure to select qualified bidders for IT procurements had made it impossible to achieve the objectives expected from project, latest Auditor General’s report revealed.

(LI)

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