Indian land program shows tech’s limits

Indian land program shows tech’s limits

The digital age can’t overcome culture of corruption
A land petitioner, right, waits to get a copy of a land record at Bhoomi, a program that digitized Karnataka state’s 20 million handwritten land records, kiosk in Tumkur 43 miles from Bangalore, India. For years, Karnataka’s land records were a quagmire of disputed, forged documents maintained by thousands of tyrannical bureaucrats who demanded bribes to do their jobs. In 2002, there were hopes that this was about to change. It hasn’t.
Yashoda Puttappa, left, a land-rights activist, speaks about Bhoomi, an effort to computerize land records at her office in Anekal near Bangalore in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Indians are discovering the Bhoomi program has failed to clarify the muddle of confusing and disputed land records in Karnataka.

Indian land program shows tech’s limits

A land petitioner, right, waits to get a copy of a land record at Bhoomi, a program that digitized Karnataka state’s 20 million handwritten land records, kiosk in Tumkur 43 miles from Bangalore, India. For years, Karnataka’s land records were a quagmire of disputed, forged documents maintained by thousands of tyrannical bureaucrats who demanded bribes to do their jobs. In 2002, there were hopes that this was about to change. It hasn’t.
Yashoda Puttappa, left, a land-rights activist, speaks about Bhoomi, an effort to computerize land records at her office in Anekal near Bangalore in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Indians are discovering the Bhoomi program has failed to clarify the muddle of confusing and disputed land records in Karnataka.
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