ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Evaluation of Computerisation of Land Records in Karnataka

Computerisation of land records can solve many of the multiple problems that affect the system in rural India. As this case study of computerisation in Gulbarga district of Karnataka shows, farmers benefit in many ways - the record of rights of tenancy and cultivation is immediately accessible, online mutation keeps the records current, there is greater transparency and the system is less prone to manipulation. However, as the case study shows, computerisation is no panacea. There are operational problems arising from power breakdowns that lead to delays and the long distances farmers have to travel to obtain certificates result in very limited net savings to farmers. Besides, computerisation does not seem to aid land reforms. The field survey did not find a single case of tenancy or surplus land that had been unearthed by computerisation.

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