The Bangladesh Digital Survey (BD Survey) will be launched soon in Patuakhali and Barguna districts. It will be conducted across the country in phases and the updated record obtained in the survey will replace the previous survey records.
Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury revealed the information while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the 123rd Survey and Settlement Training Course for Bangladesh Civil Service Administration, Police, Forest and Railway Cadre and Bangladesh Judicial Service Officers, on Sunday, reads a press statement.
The training course, organised by the Department of Land Records and Survey (DLRS), is being held at the Officers Training Institute near Savar. Being participated by 47 officials, it will come to an end on 20 December.
Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury said his ministry has won the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award-2020 as a result of the Prime Minister's visionary initiative to build a Digital Bangladesh.
Mentioning that the process of Mouza and Plot-Based National Digital Land Zoning Project will start soon, he said the project is expected to play a role in making proper use of limited land resources and conserving those.
Earlier, after the land minister arrived in Savar, Land Secretary Md Muksodur Rahman Patwary and Director General of the Land Records and Survey Department Md Taslimul Islam showed the minister a demonstration of modern land survey.
Replying to a question, the land minister said his ministry is committed to launch the recently piloted online land tax management across the country from July next year, according to the statement.
While addressing the trainees, Land Secretary Md Muksodur Rahman Patwary said, "If you successfully complete this important course, you will be able to better serve the people of the country with the knowledge gained from it."
The inaugural session was presided over by the Director-General of DLRS Md Taslimul Islam. Many higher officials of the department also participated at the event.
Md Mamunur Rashid, the zonal settlement officer of Dhaka and also the receiver of the Innovative Awards 2019-20 of the Land Ministry, is coordinating the course while DLRS Director (admin) ATM Nasir Mia is acting as course director.
A number of surveys were conducted in Bangladesh during the British period, the most notable of which was the Cadastral Survey (CS Survey).
Later, the other notable surveys conducted during the Pakistan period were the State Acquisition Survey (SA Survey) and the Revisional Survey (RS Survey), which was basically revisions of the SA Survey, read the statement.
The most notable surveys after the independence of independent Bangladesh are Bangladesh Survey (BS Survey), Diyara Survey and Dhaka City Survey (City Survey).
Records of previous surveys across Bangladesh will be updated through Bangladesh Digital BD Survey.