16 JUNE, 2023

When buying land or property, you must be extremely careful you don’t end up losing your hard-earned cash to fraudsters. You must research and ensure the seller is the actual and legal owner of the property. You also need to confirm that the information given to you by the seller about the land or property is indeed true. For the people of West Bengal, we have Banglarbhumi.

What is Banglarbhumi?

Also known as Bangla Bhumi, Banglarbhumi is an online web portal launched in 2010 by the government of West Bengal to help its people find detailed information about land or property they want to buy. Technically, any information you need about land in West Bengal is available on the portal.

The Banglarbhumi portal belongs to the L & LR Department. L & LR stands for Land & Land Reforms and Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department and is responsible for administering and managing the West Bengal Land record information.

The West Bengal Land Reforms program was initiated to redistribute land ownership from wealthy landlords to farmers and other landless people. This program involved acquiring and distributing surplus land, setting a ceiling limit on land ownership, and the abolition of intermediaries such as Zamindars. The ultimate purpose of this program was to reduce inequality and improve the socio-economic conditions of the rural and poor in West Bengal. The program played a significant role in transforming the agricultural landscape, making it more equitable.

Objectives of the West Bengal Land Reform Program

  • To provide land to landless peasants

The program aimed at redistributing land to the landless, who constituted the majority of West Bengal. The purpose was to reduce inequality and improve the standard of living of the rural and poor.

  • To reduce land concentration in the hands of a few

It was known as the Zamindari system, where a few landlords held most of the land, leaving the rest of the population landless. Abolishing this system was one of the primary objectives of the West Bengal Land Reforms program.

  • To Establish the rights of sharecroppers

The West Bengal Land reforms program recognized the rights of sharecroppers traditionally exploited by landowners and denied ownership of the land they cultivated. The sharecroppers were granted the right to cultivate land permanently and were given legal recognition as tenants. They were also entitled to a share of the crops produced on the land. The program also provided for creating a database of sharecroppers which helped in the identification and recognition.

  • To empower women through land ownership

The Land Reforms Program aimed to empower women by giving them ownership rights over land, which would give them greater social and economic independence.

Banglarbhumi 2023: Benefits of the Banglarbhumi land record portal

The Online land records for West Bengal have several benefits:

  • Land redistribution; the West Bengal Land record ensures fair distribution of land and land resources. It enables land redistribution from large landowners to landless farmers and small landowners.
  • Ceiling on Land Ownership; Banglarbhumi ensures that the wealthy don’t accumulate land and exploit small farmers. It prevents landlessness and the concentration of land in the hands of a few people.
  • Acquisition and distribution of surplus land Banglarbhumi ensures the acquisition of excess land from large landowners and its distribution to landless farmers. That has resulted in increased productivity and improved living standards for the people living in rural areas.
  • Homestead land distribution; Banglarbhumi oversees the distribution of homestead land to landless farmers enabling them to build their own houses and cultivate land for subsistence.

How do I register for Banglarbhumi 2023?

Banglarbhumi allows you to perform numerous searches, including an online Khaitan check, but first, you must register on the platform. Given below is how you register.

  1. Visit the Banglarbhumi official website (Banglarbhumi.gov.in)
  2. Click the “Sign-up” button on the top left corner of your screen
  3. Fill in the required fields, i.e., your name, email address, home address, user type, mobile number, password, captcha code, etc.
  4. Double-check your information and submit your registration
  5. You are now a member of the Banglarbhumi online portal and can check the web plot information of any property  you might be interested in.

Banglarbhumi 2023: How to track application status?

Tracking your application status on the Banglarbhumi platform is easy.

  1. Visit the West Bengal land record online platform
  2. Select “Inspection Report.”
  3. Enter the Application Identification Number
  4. Hit the “Search” button
  5. Your application status will appear on your screen

Banglarbhumi Mutation of Land: Processing fees 2023

Applying for mutation of land on the Bhulekh West Bengal online platform is easy but comes at a fee that varies from one situation to another depending on the type of land (agricultural and non-agricultural, non-commercial, commercial and industrial land), location, size, etc. Generally, the lowest amount you can pay is Rs 40 for agricultural land in a rural area, and the highest is Rs 10,000 per decimal for commercial and industrial land with an area of more than 10- decimals.

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Banglarbhumi 2023: How to check Banglarbhumi mutation status?

Follow the steps below to check the mutation status on the online platform.

  1. Visit the Banglarbhumi official website.
  2. Go to “Citizen Services," then “Online Service Status,” and select “Mutation Status.”
  3. Use your login details to log in to the Banglarbhumi page
  4. Check mutation status

FAQs. About  Banglarbhumi: West Bengal Land Reforms Program

What was the purpose of the West Bengal Land Reforms Program?

To ensure fair distribution of land, eliminate landlessness, encourage rural development, and improve the standard of living of the people of West Bengal.

What are the fees involved in accessing land records on Banglarbhumi?

There are no fees for accessing land records on Banglarbhumi.

What are the different types of land records available on Banglarbhumi?

  • Online Khaitan check
  • Records of Rights (ROR) application
  • Plot information
  • Mutation applications
  • Plot map
  • Conversion application
  • GRN
  • West Bengal land record search by name etc

What is Jomir Tothaya?

Jomir Tothaya is the mobile application for Banglarbhumi. You can download it from the Play Store and access West Bengal Land Records and related services on your phone.

Can I place a land conversion request on Banglarbhumi 2023?

Yes, you can. But you must obtain permission to do so from Banglarbhumi. That’s the law. Once you get the go ahead, the rest is easy.

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