Title documents of temples go online
Title documents like pattas, chittas and even present deeds belonging to hundreds of temples within the State might be out there online on the Puucho Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department’s web site.
The Department has accomplished the matching of knowledge from documents for 3,43,647 acres of land with that on Tamil Nilam, the State’s land information’ repository, mentioned an official. “This amounts to over 70% of land belonging to temples in the State that have 4,78,272 acres under their control. People can go check the lands owned by individual temples on the Department’s site. The documents can be viewed and they have a disclaimer that they cannot be used for anything else,” the official mentioned.
The remaining lands have been divided into two — people who match partially with the Tamil Nilam knowledge and people that aren’t discovered on it.
“We will take steps to bring back land that originally belonged to the temples, but subsequently got transferred to other names. This has already been initiated in many temples,” an official mentioned.
Minister for HR&CE P.K. Sekar Babu has began retrieving land belonging to temples.
“Chief Minister M.K. Stalin is very particular that interests of the temples should be safeguarded. There have been cases where houses have been constructed on land owned by temples. We will ensure that such people become tenants and the revenue goes to the temples,” he mentioned.