Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury ordered his offices to take the necessary measures so that expatriate Bangladeshis can easily pay land development tax while sitting abroad.
Saifuzzaman Chowdhury gave this order in a meeting of the sub-committee on smart land management held at the Land Ministry meeting room at the secretariat on Wednesday. That time, Land Secretary Khalilur Rahman was present.
Land Reforms Board Chairman Abu Bakar Siddique, Land Appeal Board Chairman AKM Shamimul Haque Siddique, and Director General of Land Records and Survey Directorate Abdul Barik, along with officials of the Ministry of Lands and its departments, organizations, and projects, were present in the meeting. Officials and other stakeholder representatives in the vendor organization are performing the activities.
Discussions at the participatory meeting revealed that the Ministry of Land has already taken several digital and smart initiatives that align with the characteristics of each of the four pillars of smart Bangladesh: smart citizens, smart government, smart economy, and smart society.
Initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Lands in line with the Smart Citizen pillar features include: obtaining land service information from robotic systems; regular updating of digital land service forms; online settlement of nearly 3 lakh registered cases per month; payment of land development tax at home; receipt of khatians and maps through the postal department; finalization of guidelines related to receiving land services by calling the 16122/333 call center; QR code-based land services; and smart land point-to-receipt of land services.
The initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Lands in line with the Smart Government pillar features include: data interconnection with more than 12 public and private agencies; inter-communication through LAM inter-systems; QR code-based Khatian, Dakhila, and DCR; 2nd generation Smart Mutation; Smart LD Tax; Smart Khatian; Interlinking of all types of data through LSG; drafting of more than 20 SOPs and guidelines
Initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Lands in line with the Smart Economy pillar features include: declaring all land offices cashless; entrepreneurship-oriented land service delivery; hiring firms specializing in cyber security; providing land services through apps; an instant deposit of Rs 6 crore per day in the land service fee to the Treasury; Land Cloud Basic preparation for server completion; and payment of the ground service fee by scanning a QR code.
Initiatives compatible with the Smart Society are integrated forms of initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Lands in line with the characteristics of the Smart Citizen pillar.
The discussion of the meeting also revealed that the Ministry of Land is already providing various services to expatriates. One of these is sending Khatian by post abroad and Bhoomi Seva Hotline (16122 Bhoomi Consultancy Service). Expats living in faraway Venezuela and the United States also receive certified Khatian services by mail.
At this time, the Land Minister directed the concerned officials to identify all areas related to Smart Bangladesh 2041 in land management. In addition, the Minister of Lands was directed to identify the objectives, problems, possibilities, and actions of the identified areas and related issues with other public and private organizations. He was also directed to determine the short-, medium-, and long-term action plan formulation and implementation monitoring protocols of the Ministry of Lands in this regard.
Incidentally, the ‘Smart Bangladesh Task Force’ has been formed under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to establish Smart Bangladesh 2041. Basically, the ‘Digital Bangladesh Task Force’ will now function as the ‘Smart Bangladesh Task Force’. 15 sub-committees were formed to make the work of setting up Smart Bangladesh efficient and speedy. One of these is ‘Smart Land Management’. Ex-officio Minister of Lands convener of the Sub-Committee on Smart Land Management Note that the sub-committee is instructed to inform the Smart Bangladesh Task Force about the progress after 6 months.