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In a landmark event, PM to launch physical distribution of Property Cards under the SVAMITVA Scheme on 11th October

16th October, 2020 GOVERNANCE

Context: 6.62 lakh villages to be covered under the Scheme in a phased manner over a period of four years

It enable around one lakh property holders to download their Property Cards through the SMS link delivered on their mobile phones.

It would be followed by physical distribution of the Property Cards by the respective State governments.

It pave the way for using property as a financial asset by villagers for taking loans and other financial benefits.

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


  • SVAMITVA is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, which was launched by the Prime Minister on National Panchayati Raj Day, 24th April 2020.
  • The scheme aims to provide the ‘record of rights’ to village household owners in rural areas and issue Property Cards.
  • The Scheme is being implemented across the country in a phased manner over a period of four years (2020-2024) and would eventually cover around 6.62 lakh villages of the country.
  • About 1 lakh villages in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Karnataka, and few border villages of Punjab & Rajasthan, along with establishment of Continuous Operating System (CORS) stations’ network across Punjab & Rajasthan, are being covered in the Pilot phase (2020-21).
  • These States have finalised the digital property card format and the villages to be covered for drone-based survey.
  • States of Punjab and Rajasthan have signed MoU with Survey of India for establishment of CORS network to assist in future drone flying activities.