Ahmedabad's revenue division issues a warning about fines

Revenue department issues letter to district collectors, sub-divisional officers, and mamlatdars . Officials warned to take immediate action against authorities convicted of land selling or transferring in these circumstances .

AHMEDABAD: The revenue department has issued a letter to district collectors, sub-divisional officers, and mamlatdars advising them to take immediate action against the authorities convicted of land selling or transferring in these circumstances, including through power of attorney at its E-Dhara centers.The department discovered 47 cases of inconsistency in revenue record entries in January 2013, and officials were told not to repeat these errors by way of a circular.Nonetheless, the allegations have continued, making the authorities repeat these warnings in April.The revenue inspection commissioners letter revealed that the original owner of land or sales registered at E-Dhara centres was not given a warning before submitting land record transfer applications.

The letter also stated that in cases where the original landowner is deceased, a legal heir certificate is required before the land transfer can be made in the records.However, entries are being made without these certificates at E-Dhara centers.The records then contain names of relatives who are not direct descendants, causing conflicts.Despite being direct descendants and legal heirs, in some cases only the sons' names are listed as legitimate heirs and the daughters are left out.

According to reports, it is mandatory that the district court verify the owner's age and the guardian's order, and it is necessary for making the change in the land records.The department divided these mistakes into three groups: irregularities, arbitrary decisions, and administrative errors.Officials have been warned that if these situations occur again, they may sue the one holding the lawsuit.