As per the status report submitted by the commissioner of survey and settlement, the number of applications pending for disposal as on October 1 2020, was 5,76,771. Of these, 4,77,474 applications have already been disposed of and 99,297 are pending. Similarly, from October 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021, a total of 8,81,269 applications have been received, of which 8,62,787 (98%) have been disposed of in spite of the election duty assigned to the survey staff in taluk offices.
As of April 1, 2021, a total of 5.95 lakh applications are pending. With the current manpower, the maximum of 1.5 lakh applications could be disposed per month. However, around 1.5 lakh new applications are received every month. In order to clear the backlog (5.95 lakh pending applications) in six months time, around 2.5 lakh applications have to be disposed of every month.
Following the implementation of automatic mutation of not involving sub-division (NISD) applications, the work burden on the VAOs has been considerably reduced. If they are engaged in the disposal of involving sub-division (ISD) applications as per a GO, their disposal can be increased to 2.5 lakh per month. By this process, the 5.95 lakh pending applications can be disposed of in six months. However, for implementing the same, the interim stay granted by the principal seat has to be vacated. A vacate stay petition has already been filed in this regard, said the report.
Taking cognizance, justice Krishnakumar observed that insofar as the other directions are concerned, the commissioner of land administration department has not filed a status report. Since the state sought time to file status report by furnishing all the details of the pending and disposal of the applications upto July 2021.
In October 2020, justice D Krishnakumar who took serious note of the pendency of lakhs of patta transfer applications for several years, had issued a slew of directions to the state government to dispose of such applications before March 2021.