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4.1m e-mutation applications disposed of so far

Published : 18 Dec 2021 10:44 PM | Updated : 19 Dec 2021 03:56 PM

A total of 44,14,139 applications for me-mutation have been disposed of by so far, according to the land ministry officials.

Of this, 19 lakh applications have been disposed of out of about 22 lakh applications in the financial year 2020-21. On an average, 22 lakh e-mutation applications are submitted every year.

By December of this year, a total of 55,64,634 applications, including processed applications, were received online till December this year, land ministry officials added.

The e-Mutation system, including all other land services digitalization programmes, is part of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s special initiative ‘Digital Bangladesh’. E-Mutation pilot programme was started on February 1, 2017, in 7 Upazilas of the country.

A mutation is the method of change of title ownership from one person to another in the government Record of Rights when the property is transferred or sold. Documents prepared through survey for the purpose of determining possession, ownership and assessing Land Development Tax is known as Record of Rights (Khatiyan).

On 13th December 2021, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury received the United Nations Public Service Award-2020 on behalf of the Land Ministry in a ceremocy onganaized by United Nations in Dubai. The Ministry of Land is the first agency/organization in Bangladesh to receive the UN Public Service Award.

The then ongoing initiatives in land management were reviewed at a meeting held at the conference room of the Prime Minister's Office on 25 July 2017 to ease land services. Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed directed for speedy implementation of e-Mutation across the country after inspecting the pilot e-Mutation project. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Land, the Land Reform Board ensured the connectivity, including hardware supply to the Upazila and Union Land Offices and a2i provided financial and technical assistance in the training of trainers and training of operators.

Under the overall direction of Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, 100% e-Mutation was set out simultaneously across the country from July 1, 2019. At present, e-mutation is in operation in all Upazila Land Office and Circle Office and also in Union Land Office, except those in the three Hill Districts. On the occasion of the Mujib Birth Centenary celebrations, the manual application has been ceased from March 16, 2020. E-mutation is being implemented along with other land service digitalization through Land Reform Board with the overall support of the ICT Division and a2i Project.

People had to go to the land office to apply for mutation according to the traditional system. It used to cost people a lot of time, money, and travel. Citizens can now easily apply by the central land service platform

Upon receipt of an individual application or LT notice, e-mutation service is provided - in a maximum of 28 working days in the general case, 09 working days for expatriate Bangladeshi citizens in a metropolitan area and 12 working days in other cases and within 07 days for investment-friendly industry and commercial establishments in certain districts. In the general case, the gallant freedom fighters are getting the land mutation service within 10 working days. In addition, the Ministry of Land has taken initiative to make it easier to provide Land Mutation based on the Land Title Deed and establish online mutation fees submission.

Citizens are getting land service at their doorsteps in less time, less money, and less travel in line with the slogan ‘Hater Muthoy Bhumi Seba’ (Land service in the palm of hand) of the Ministry of Land.

Note that the United Nations officially announced the winners of the United Nations Public Service Award-2020 on June 16, 2020. The Ministry of Land of Bangladesh won the prestigious ‘United Nations Public Service Award-2020’ in the ‘Developing Transparent and Accountable Public Institutions’ category.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin congratulated the winning countries, including Bangladesh, for winning the ‘UN Public Service Award-2020’ on 23 June 2020 at the United Nations Public Service Day Virtual Event. ‘United Nations Public Service Forum’ and ‘Public Service Awards ceremony’ were scheduled to be held in Busan, South Korea in 2020, but were postponed by the United Nations in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations simultaneously organized the 2020 and 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards ceremony in Dubai. The award was given for 17 initiatives of 15 countries for these two years.

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