New Delhi, Oct 22 (UNI) Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju today released the Military Land Register (MLR) software, which would help in further digitising records of all defence lands located outside notified cantonments.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Raju called upon the Defence Estate officials to use the MLR for effective land management and safeguard the most important asset of the Defence Ministry -- the land.
The minister pointed out that the fast paced economy had put enormous pressure on land, which had now become a precious commodity and required judicious exploitation.
In his address, Mr C R Mohapatra, Director General of Defence Estates (DGDE), said the task before Defence Estate is voluminous since the Defence Ministry is the biggest landholder in the Central Government.
He said the Defence Estates officials are being trained in the new software at the National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM).
Mr Mohapatra said the digitisation project had been delayed by over three months and was expected to be completed by March next year. He also pointed out that the Defence Estate was flooded with litigation over lands held by it across the country.
The MLR, jointly developed by DGDE and National Informatics Centre (NIC), is in addition to the General Land Register (GLR) or the 'Raksha Bhoomi' software, which maintains the entire record for defence lands located within the notified cantonments.
The GLR, released by Mr Raju in November last year, is in various stages of implementation in all 62 cantonments spread across the country.