President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday instructed the relevant officials to expedite the system of electronic registration of lands in order to eradicate frauds in land registration to speed up the process of land registration.

He said that the public is faced with many difficulties due to frauds and delays in the land registration process and highlighted the importance of accelerating e-Land Registration system in collaboration with Department of Land Commissioner, Land Title Settlement Department, Survey Department and the Registrar General Department.

The President made these comments during a discussion on the e-Land Registration system held at the Presidential Secretariat .

While emphasizing that effective coordination among related entities in charge of land registration should be maintained, he said a committee comprising the Ministries of Wildlife, Forest Conservation and Environment should be set up.

With the new registration programme details of the land deeds and title abstracts will be computerized. Information on title abstracts can be obtained online by Attorneys, Notaries, any individual or any government institute.

It is expected to launch the programme by August with the support of the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA). Under this programme, an e-Passbook will be issued for the lands registered under the e-Land Registration system.

Officials including Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, J.J. Rathnasiri, Secretary to the Ministry of Lands, R.A.A.K. Ranawaka, Registrar General, N.C. Vithanage, Land Commissioner General, Ms. R.M.C.M. Herath, Commissioner General of Land Title Settlement, Ms. P.M.H. Priyadarshani, Surveyor General, Ms. A.L.S.C. Perera and Chairman of the ICTA, Jayantha De Silva attended this meeting.

Surveyor General, Ms. A.L.S.C. Perera
Land Commissioner General, Ms. R.M.C.M. Herath