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Patta transfer, a major transaction for purchasers has now been made easy after computerisation and certain administrative reforms that have been introduced in this office.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced in the Assembly on June 6, 2011 that the procedure for patta transfer will be streamlined to avoid delay and frequent visits by the petitioners to the taluk offices. Detailed instructions were issued thereafter via G.O. 210 dated July 8, 2011, to eliminate difficulties faced by public. Accordingly, Village Administrative Officers were empowered to receive patta transfer applications and issue a receipt of acceptance.
In cases which do not involve sub-divisions, applicants are advised to approach the taluk office on second Fridays with the original documents for verification. For cases involving sub-divisions the petitioner will have to receive the order of patta transfer on the fourth Friday from the date of submission of application. The applicant has to pay the sub division fee on the day of receipt of the order from the Tahsildar. This work would be completed within 30 days.
The zonal deputy tahsildar and revenue inspector would visit villages every Monday and Tuesday to monitor the receipt of applications. The Commissioner of Land Administration shall review the progress every fortnight. Every Friday is being observed as Patta Day in taluk office. The VAOs and field surveyors visit taluk office on every Friday to compete the process. The uncertainty surrounding the process has been eliminated as clear time limits have been fixed for officials to issue orders.
Regarding patta transfer applications, the applications seeking transfer of patta in Ambathur Taluk Office are being received both at Village level by the Village Administrative Officers concerned and at Taluk Office. All such applications are properly entered in the newly introduced software by which the Revenue Patta Transfer (RPT) Numbers are assigned for all the claim petitions. Thereafter, the sub-division involved cases are segregated and sent to Survey Section.
The Land Records Draftsman (LRD) will maintain a parallel register for sub-division cases and will distribute to the Field Surveyors concerned for inspection and report. In respect of Sub-Division cases, the 8-A numbers (as per proviso 8 of Survey and Boundaries Act, 1923) will be generated automatically for each case in the new software. The public can now have access through the new system and find out the status of his application from his doorstep, since the movement of RPT papers are being monitored online.
Due to introduction of the new system, transparency in administration and redressal of public grievance without any pain has been achieved. This not only keeps the public in comfort, but also drastically reduces corruption.
V. Rajagopal, a resident of Anna Nagar Western Extension, said: “Taluk administration in Ambathur Taluk and the Tiruvallur District Administration deserves appreciation for having introduced a transparent, efficient and most responsible administration at taluk level to achieve the goal of excellent governance. It would be highly appreciable, if this system is implemented throughout the State, which will be the answer to the public grievances with Revenue Department.”
FAQs On Patta.
What is a patta?
This is an extract issued from the Register of Land holdings maintained, usually at the Office of the Tahsildar concerned. This is issued in the name of the person or persons in whose name the records relating to the holdings are maintained or may be available The issuance of patta signifies the lawful possession.
Who issues the patta?
Usually, the Tahsildar issues the Patta. Other officers are also empowered to do so depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.
What is the procedure for obtaining patta?
Normally, an application has to be made to the Tahsildar in the form of a simple requisition to issue the patta, providing necessary details and documents. It is issued in the name of owner or in the case of joint holdings, in the names of the joint owners. If required, the officer concerned may require the applicant to furnish details in a particular format and may also hold enquiry before granting the patta. A survey may also be made if so deemed fit.
Does every patta has a plan or sketch?
In cases of patta which are “Extracts from Permanent Land Register” and “Extracts from Town Survey Land Register”, a topo plan is issued and is part of the patta. In the case agricultural holdings, the topo Plan is not usually issued.
Is it mandatory to have a patta for every property?
In case of properties which have buildings or structures, physical occupation and possession may be demonstrable. In case of vacant lands, this may not be possible. In such instances, patta is the main document for establishing lawful possession. Even in case of properties with buildings and structures, patta is the primary document to establish lawful possession. It also has other uses, especially when one is dealing with one’s property, as it contains many other vital details including the extent of holdings and in many cases, the measurements.
Is patta required for establishing ownership of apartments?
Patta is a document relating to land and not buildings, although the patta may include particulars relating to the buildings. In respect of apartments the land is usually owned by the co-owners in undivided shares and Patta is not issued for undivided shares of land. However, it may be possible to get the patta in the names of all the co-owners jointly. Patta issued in the names of joint owners does not specify the shares of the individual owners and in such cases of joint patta, there is scope for confusion. Also, depending on the nature of holding, Urban Land Tax or other taxes may become payable on the basis of joint patta. Otherwise, as related to individual holdings alone, the same may not be payable.
In what cases are patta transferred?
There are a few instances when patta needs to be transferred. Take the case of an owner, having a patta, expiring without leaving a Will. In such cases, the legal heirs of the deceased person are entitled to have patta for the property in their names.
In the case of a person leaving a Will, patta can be transferred to the beneficiary with the consent of others who will be the immediate heirs of the deceased person. The officer concerened may also require the production of Letters of Administration or Order of Probate in appropriate cases.
My seller has a patta in the name of previous owner. Is it mandatory for my seller to have patta in his or her name?
Although, it is possible to have the patta directly in the name of a purchaser or a transferee, after purchase or transfer, it is desirable that patta is available in the name of the seller or the transferor. To a certain extent, there could be an element of comfort if the seller is a known person or the transferor a close relative. It is also possible to ascertain whether patta will be issued in the name of the purchaser or the transferee and in cases where patta is not obtained by the seller or the transferor but documents are in order, it is best to check whether it will be issued directly in favour of the purchaser or the transferee.
The title deeds are in the name of one person. Patta is in the name of somebody else or one or more other persons?
This has to be approached on a case to case basis.
It is also possible to obtain a correct patta if there is an error or omission or oversight. Decision may be taken after obtaining legal advice.(The Hindu)