CM M K Stalin on Monday launched the distribution of free e-patta to 57,978 members of Narikurava and Irular communities, 2.35 lakh members of SC/ST and 41,573 members of Backward Classes by the revenue department.
“As a token gesture, the chief minister distributed e-patta to 10 families in the Secretariat,” said an official release.
In the past, the state government had extended free house site patta to thousands of people on lands taken over by the revenue, Adi Dravida and Tribal Welfare, BC and MBC and minorities welfare departments from individuals and unobjectionable government poramboke lands.
Since these details were not properly registered in the revenue documents, the beneficiaries could not get the certificates of ownership.
A special initiative has been taken to provide e-patta in all the districts by uploading the details in Tamil Nilam, the revenue department web portal.
As part of the initiative, about 11,873 hectares of AD&TW department, and 2,668 hectares of the BC, MBC and minorities welfare department have been identified by the district collectors.
“Nearly 2.77 lakh beneficiaries have built houses in the said lands. The government has issued e-patta to 43,911 beneficiaries until March 31. The rest of them will get in this fiscal year,” the release said.