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SVAMITVA: providing financial stability with ‘record of rights’

A central sector scheme under the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Svamitva scheme aims to provide the ‘record of rights’ to village household owners. Thus, SVAMITVA stands for Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas.  In addition, the property owners will get property cards for their houses in inhabited rural areas in villages.


  • Creation of accurate land records for rural planning
  • reduce the property related disputes
  • bring financial stability to the citizens in rural India
  • enabling property as a financial asset
  • easy determination of property tax, creation of survey infrastructure and GIS maps.
  • supporting better quality Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) by making use of GIS map.

Eventually, the coverage of this scheme will reach every village of India over a period of 5 years. Starting from April 2020, the entire eco-system is likely to be in place by the end of March 2025.


  • Establishment of continuous operating reference stations (CORS)
  • large scale mapping using drones- Rural inhabited (abadi) area would be mapped by Survey of India using drone Survey.
  • further, awareness among the rural population about the surveying methodology and its benefits
  • documentation of best practices
  • conducting national and regional workshops
  • development and maintenance of scheme dashboard
  • program management unit at National and State level
  • enhancement of Spatial Planning Application “Gram Manchitra”

Presently, the scheme is only applicable for 6 states: Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Not only the Central Government of the country funded the scheme but also Rs 79.65 crores have been allotted for the pilot phase of the project.

What is the SVAMITVA card?

Each landowner gets Svamitva property cards which represents an official document to the financial institutions in case of using their land/property as an asset in the future.

Furthermore, launched on National Panchayti Raj Day i.e. 24th April 2020, Svamitra will cover over 6.62 lakh villages across the country. Also, establishment of an extensive CORS network with 567 CORS is in progress.

To access the complete guidelines of Savmitva scheme click here

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