Retired IAS officer V. Balasubramaniam has been appointed as the court commissioner to oversee indexing, scanning, and digitization of revenue records. This news from Bangladesh indicates some progression in this region to making public records easier to access.

The Times of India brought this news to our attention in their article, “Ex-IAS man to oversee digitization of records.” This job includes the task of cross-checking the correctness of the data furnished. Listing the benefits of digitization of revenue records, the court said that having statistics of government land available in each village/taluk/district will help the government take timely action if there is encroachment of land and in making use of land for industrialization/urbanization.

In this information-based society we live in, we have come to expect findability, and technology is making it possible.

Melody K. Smith

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