Project Bhoomi - Streamlining Land Records in Karnataka, India*

            


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Case Code : CLCB034
Publication date : 2005
Subject : Consumer Behavior
Industry : -
Length : 04 Pages
Price : Rs. 100

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Key words:

Project Bhoomi, Government of Karnataka, Ministry of Rural Development, Land Records, Village Accountant, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Microsoft, Cisco, Rajeev Chawla and Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM)

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The caselet, 'Project Bhoomi: Streamlining Land Records in Karnataka, India,' provides an overview about the ways in which Project Bhoomi was implemented in the state of Karnataka, India. Implementation of Project Bhoomi, which looked at digitizing land records, was a government project and required an approach unseen in the history of projects implemented by government authorities. The government joined hands with private entities to make the project successful. Project Bhoomi won international acclaim.

Issues:

Making Information Technology work for the masses
Co-ordination of a project among various stakeholders for its successful implementation
Standardizing inputs and outputs are part of project implementation

India is one of the countries, which has gained from the Information Technology (IT) revolution. However, the benefits of this technological revolution did not percolate down to millions of rural Indians. Project Bhoomi, brought about a change in this situation. In 1998, the state Government of Karnataka (GoK) decided to computerize the land records of 6.7 million landowners, in 30,000 villages of Karnataka.

A major part of the funding for this project came from Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India...

Questions for Discussion:
1. Project Bhoomi was a successful venture, and the model was replicated in other states of the country. The UNDP replicated the model in several developing countries. What was the impact of the Bhoomi initiative, on the government and the people?

2. The sheer number of land records that were to be computerized, coupled with the low level of education of these aging village accountants and their skepticism regarding this change, posed a great challenge before the government. How was the Bhoomi project marketed among the various stakeholders?


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