VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday told the officials to involve farmers in the comprehensive land survey being conducted in the state.

Holding a review meeting with the officials at his Tadepalli camp office, the chief minister wanted the senior officials to review the progress of the survey on weekly-basis. He wanted the officials to ensure the presence of the farmers or the owners of the lands when the survey is done. He also directed them to take up jungle clearance to help the farmers and finally install the survey stones, fixing boundaries.

The chief minister also cautioned the officials against resorting to any sort of corruption in the entire process of survey and issuance of the YSR Jagananna Saswatha Bhoomi Hakku-Bhoomi Rakshana card to the farmers.

He said there should be no delay in the supply of stones as the land survey will be completed soon and added that no money should be collected from farmers for setting up boundary stones. He said one hoarding should be placed in every village and ward secretariat with details of government schemes and programmes and permanent hoardings be set up in important junctions.

The chief minister directed the officials to open sub-registrar offices at the village and ward secretariats, where the land transactions are to be done henceforth.

The officials informed the chief minister that SOP (Standard Ownership Policy) has been prepared for comprehensive land survey of 17,460 villages and 47,861 habitations in an area of 1.26 lakh km across the state. They said the survey is being conducted in 13 villages, per village in each district, and then in 51 villages, with one village in each division, and 650 villages with one village in each mandal in the first phase.

They said collection of comprehensive information in 51 villages was completed and the survey would be completed by July. The survey using drones is completed in 545 villages out of 650 villages. They further said that they have collected 2,693 images of agricultural lands and habitations and the survey will be completed by January 2022.

The officials told the chief minister that said the second phase of the comprehensive land survey will start in February 2022 and will be completed by October 2022. The third phase will start in November 2022 and will be completed by April 2023, the officials added.

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