In a bid to reduce the sufferings of people, the government has approved a proposal to make the land mutation automated right after its registration, reports UNB.

The cabinet on Monday cleared the proposal in this regard to ease the mutation process by removing complexities and thus reduce the sufferings of people.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat. She joined the meeting virtually from her official residence Gono Bhaban.

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"It's a landmark decision. It'll bring great relief for all, including investors and the general people of the country. It'll reduce the sufferings of people, minimise time in mutation and lessen the backlog of land-related cases," said cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at a press briefing.

He said lands are registered under the law ministry, while the mutation of lands is done under the land ministry. With the approval of the proposal, now there will be coordination between sub-registration offices and AC land offices, he said.

He said the AC land offices have an online database of some 43 million records of rights and the sub-registrar offices will have access to the database to verify the record of rights of a land before its registration.

The AC land offices will also know about the registration of a land automatically through software. Besides, the AC land office will get one manual copy of a land document (Dalil) following its registration.

"So, it'll take maximum eight days for the AC (land) to complete the mutation of a land after registration," said the cabinet secretary, adding that the new system has already been introduced in 17 upazilas of the country.

Replying to a question, Anwarul Islam said it may take one year to introduce the new system throughout the country.

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Now the software of record of rights is effective for the sale and buying of lands only, but the software has a feature to keep the record of inherited properties in the future, he said.

About the record of inherited land property, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to pay a special attention so that the transgender people are not deprived of the rights to the inherited property during recording, the cabinet secretary added.