SVAMITVA brings financial stability to rural India

In a historic move aimed to bring financial stability to the citizens in rural areas, India launched the physical distribution of property cards under SVAMITVA scheme. Prime Minister  Narendra Modi launched the distribution of Aadhaar-like property cards under the scheme, which would help rural India to use their property as a financial asset.

It is for the first time that such a large scale exercise involving the most modern means of technology is carried out to benefit millions of rural property owners.

Survey of Villages Abadi and Mapping with Improvised Technology In Village Areas, in short known as SVAMITVA is the new initiative of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj launched on April 24, 2020. SVAMITVA provides rural people with the right to document their residential properties so that they can use their property for economic purposes.

The scheme will help in streamlining planning and revenue collection in rural areas and ensuring clarity on property rights. It will also help in resolving property related disputes and enable creation of better-quality Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs), leveraging the maps created under this programme.

During the launch, Modi said the beneficiaries will have a right, a legal document of owning their houses. The scheme is going to bring historical changes to the villages in the country. He added the country has taken another major step towards an AtmaNirbhar Bharat, as the scheme helps in making rural India self-reliant, he added.


  • Collaborative effort of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, State Panchayati Raj Departments, State Revenue Departments and Survey of India
  • Aims to provide an integrated property validation solution for rural India
  • Engages latest Drone Surveying technology for demarcating the inhabitant land in rural areas.
  • Program currently implemented in six states – Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
  • All six States signed MoU with Survey of India for drone survey of rural areas and implementation of the scheme.
  • Legal documentation simplified ensuring clarity on property rights.
  • Village household owners granted the proof of their ownership in the form of Property cards
  • Benefit the rightful owners
  • Save the rural population from land mafia’s loot of land and help resolve other property-related disputes
  • Enable rural people to use their property as a financial asset for taking loans or other financial benefits from banks
  • Facilitate monetization of rural residential assets for the purchase of credit and other financial services.
  • With method completely technology influenced, it leaves minimum scope for error.
  • Provides corrections in the previous incorrect land records affecting the availability of other inputs for farming
  • Updating land records in minimum time
  • Clear determination of property tax and strengthen overall tax collection accrued to Gram Panchayats.
  • Streamline planning and revenue collection.
  • Owners can access online data from anywhere.
  • Helps in social and economic growth and development in the villages
  • Helps in better-quality Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs)
  • Demarcation of individual rural property and community assets
  • Database to help in preparing accurate work estimates for various works
  • Modernized methods and techniques adopted in this scheme to achieve computerisation of property registration process and digitization of land records.


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