Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury today announced that the Land Ministry is set to host a national land conference from March 29 to 31 to highlight the role of the Land Ministry in building a smart Bangladesh and to find out the future challenges of digitalization of land services.
Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury made this statement during a directive speech at a meeting held today, Tuesday, in the conference room of the Ministry of Land at the Secretariat. The Land Secretary, Md. Mostafizur Rahman PAA, was present. This is the first time that the National Land Conference is being held in the country.
The Land Minister said that the Prime Minister has already agreed to inaugurate the National Land Conference 2023 and 7 initiatives of the Land Ministry. The Minister said that one of the 7 initiatives is the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Monument and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Guchchagram Complex, which are set up at Ramgatti in Laxmipur, a memorable place visited by the Father of the Nation. The remaining 6 initiatives are Registration-Mutation Interconnection, Smart Land Map, Smart Land Records, Smart Land Pedia, Smart Land Service Center, and Union Land Office.
The minister said the other objectives of the National Land Conference include informing citizens, government agencies, and stakeholders about the steps taken by the Ministry of Land, creating awareness among them about land management, and giving an idea about the existing laws and regulations related to land.
Saifuzzaman Chowdhury has stated that a remarkable land reform program is currently being implemented in the country under the exceptional leadership of the Prime Minister. As a component of the land reform program, various initiatives have already been launched, including e-Mutation, Digital Land Development Tax, 16122 call center, Land Services by Social Media and Kiosks, Digital Survey, Online Jalmahal Application, Land Data Bank, and Mortgage Data Bank. Additionally, efforts are underway to draft and update several laws concerning land. The Land Ministry has achieved recognition for many of these initiatives, such as the United Nations Public Service Award, WSIS Award, Digital Bangladesh Award, and the Bangabandhu Public Administration Medal.
However, as the minister added at the time, the confidence of the people in the Ministry of Land is returning, and this is our biggest achievement. He further stated that the common people believe that there has been a positive change in the country’s land management.
The Minister called upon all the people working in the Ministry of Land and the departments/organizations under its purview to ensure the success of the National Land Conference by fulfilling their assigned responsibilities. The Minister expressed hope that this conference will yield fruitful outcomes for the welfare of the people.
Regarding the matter, it is noteworthy that four seminars/panel discussions on various topics related to land management, such as ‘Field Administration in Smart Land Management’, ‘Sairat and Khas Land Management’, ‘Acquisition Management, Government Cases, and Government Procurement Management’, and ‘Bangladesh Digital Survey’, have been scheduled to take place during the afternoons of the day of inauguration ceremony and the following two days.