from Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore
Bangalore, Feb 27: Bankers should be more attuned to the needs of farmers and be more courteous, accommodative and should never insist on original Record of Rights, Tenancy and Crops (RTC) for sanctioning bank loans, said a senior official of the State Government.
Addressing the annual State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) in Bangalore on Monday, Karnataka Government’s Revenue Department Secretary (Bhoomi project) Rajeev Chawla said the Department has computerised 20 million records of land ownership of 6.7 million farmers in the State.
Instead of asking farmers to bring RTC papers, bankers could download records from the Bhoomi website and take printouts and thereby serve farming community better, he said.
He said Union Government’s Finance Department has suggested the implementation of the Bhoomi-Bank integration project in the State.
Training for the purpose of downloading the land records and on-line registration of charge has to be organised to all branch level officers of banks at the district level, he said.
A few districts would be chosen on a pilot basis for implementation of the Bhoomi-Bank integration project to ensure cent per cent performance.
Learning from the experience could be replicated in other districts over a period of time, he said.
Chairman and Managing Director of Syndicate Bank and SLBC Chairman Basant Seth requested the Government to issue a gazette notification authorising bankers to download the RTCs from Bhoomi website from a legal point view.