Legal papers were handed over to one lakh beneficiaries from five states

In a step that is intended to empower rural households legally and financially, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the physical distribution of property cards under the SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme through video conferencing on Sunday.

The cards, which provide clear documentary evidence about ownership, will bring down disputes during the sale and purchase of property. They will also make it easier for households to approach financial institutions for loans against property.

These cards can be downloaded through an SMS link in addition to being obtained in physical form.

Launching the scheme, PM Modi said that the scheme has been launched to give documentary proof of their houses to the beneficiaries. He said that the scheme is going to bring historical changes to the villages in the country.

In a tweet, he wrote, “When there is a record of property, its right is obtained, then the life of the citizen is also protected and his confidence also increases multiple times. The property card received under the ownership scheme PM is a major step in this direction for the welfare of the dalit, oppressed, exploited and deprived villagers.”

PM Modi said that the country has taken another major step towards an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat,’ as the scheme helps in making rural India self-reliant.

Under the scheme, legal papers of the houses were handed over to one lakh beneficiaries from Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Similar property cards will be given to every household in each and every village of the country over the next three to four years.

PM Modi said that the property card will clear the way to buy and sell property without any dispute for the villagers. He said today we have so many youths in the village who want to do something on their own.

After getting the property card, easy access to loans from banks on their houses would be ensured. He said with new technology like using drones in mapping and survey, accurate land records of every village can be created, he said.

PM Modi said that “The soul of India lives in the villages. But the truth is that for decades, the villages were left to their destiny. In the last 6 years, we started doing many things one after another and took them to the village-poor. Now, without discrimination, everyone is getting benefit of the schemes with complete transparency.

The Prime Minister also interacted with the beneficiaries of the scheme. He said that ‘SVAMITVA Scheme' will help in strengthening the Panchayati Raj system for which efforts are underway for the past 6 years. He said that this scheme will also help in managing the gram panchayats in a systematic way just like municipal corporations.

Launching the scheme on the birth anniversaries of Jai Prakash Narayan and Nana ji Deshmukh, he said that both Nananji and JP fought their entire lives for empowerment of Rural India and the poor.