Bengaluru: October 11 will be a red letter for rural India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the physical distribution of property cards under the SVAMITVA. 

During the event, Modi will hand over physical cards of properties to around 132000 homes. 

Hindustan Times notes that post the launch, the state governments will physically distribute the cards to people from more than 750 villages across six states. “The historic move set to transform rural India” will enable around 100,000 property holders to download their property cards through an SMS link delivered on their mobile phones.

According to the PMO, the beneficiaries are from 763 villages including 346 from Uttar Pradesh, 221 from Haryana, 100 from Maharashtra, 44 from Madhya Pradesh, 50 from Uttarakhand and 2 from Karnataka.

What is SVAMITRA scheme? 

SVAMITRA expands to Survey of Villages And Mapping With Improvised Technology In Village Areas. 

More on the scheme

As reported by Vikaspedia, the scheme is for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited area using Drone technology. 

The survey shall be done across the country in a phase wise manner over the period of four years (2020 -2024). 

The scheme is proposed as a Central Sector scheme with a projected outlay of Rs 79.65 crores for the pilot phase (FY 2020 -21). 

To bring financial stability to the citizens in rural India by enabling them to use their property as a financial asset for taking loans and other financial benefits.

Creation of accurate land records for rural planning.

Determination of property tax, which would accrue to the GPs directly in States where it is devolved or else, add to the State exchequer.

Creation of survey infrastructure and GIS maps that can be leveraged by any department for their use.

To support in preparation of better-quality Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) by making use of GIS maps.

To reduce property related disputes and legal cases