Manipur became the first State in the entire northeastern region and third State in the country after Punjab and Andaman and Nicobar Islands to have launched the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS).
The Consumers’ Affairs and Food and Public Distribution and Revenue Minister, Karam Shyam, formally launched NGDRS at the New Mini-Secretariat hall of Bishnupur district headquarters, 30 km south of Imphal, on Friday.
The Deputy Commissioner of Bishnupur, Pawan Yadav, State Information Officer, Kh Rajen Singh, Secretary Revenue, T Ranjit, and the Deputy Secretary Revenue, Y Rajen, graced the event along with the Minister.
“It’s indeed a proud moment for the Government for having launched NGDRS,” stated Minister Karam Shyam in his opening address. He further said that with the launch of NGDRS, there will be “more accuracy, transparency, sellers and buyers’ facilities in online registration apart from saving time and money”.
“Right now it is a digital world where technology is at its highest peak and Manipur is also developing as technology develops,” he added.
A video-conferencing session with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) Delhi and Pune was also held simultaneously as part of the NGDRS software launching function for Sub-Registrar, Bishnupur, with Director General, National Informatics Centre, Neeta Verma.
Drawing attention on people’s misconception that the Revenue Department is not transparent, the Minister made it clear that with NGDRS, there will now be facility for blocking registration and mutation/partition with wrong land records. “We recognise the role of NIC in connection with food security and land records. NGDRS will be rolled out in six to seven more districts of the State and the Government is ready to co-operate with the new initiative to ensure transparency in the administration,” he assured.
He also congratulated the people of Bishnupur for achieving 100 per cent computerisation of land records and drew a comparison with Imphal West, Imphal East and Thoubal which has merely computerised 67 per cent, 91 per cent and 64 per cent of the land records.
In her speech, Neeta Verma informed that NGDRS is a generic, cloud-based system that provides a digital solution for registration of documents and is much simpler, faster and
cost-effective apart from saving time. Aimed at ‘One Nation One Software’, it is easy to use as we just have to configure the software with the requirements of the State, she added.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC), Pawan Yadav, said the new system helps in modernising and streamlining the Revenue Department by mentioning its advantages. Some features of NGDRS software are e-governance, open source technology and Unicode-based multiple local language compliant application.