Rajasthan’s march as the pioneering State for the First Digital Revolution in Revenue Courts Administration continues. The Digital Rajasva Mandal project was launched in Mission Mode by the State on September 27, 2017 when the Board of Revenue for Rajasthan commenced placing its judgments online. On November 2, 2017, the Rajasthan Revenue Courts Grid was launched with 466 Revenue Courts in the State going online using the Revenue Courts Management Systems (RCMS) software. Hitherto nearly 200,000 judgments of the Subordinate Courts and First Appellate Courts have been placed online. The Board of Revenue for Rajasthan has placed 2500 judgments online. The Digital Rajasva Mandal necessitated placing online daily cause-lists and ensured greater involvement of all stakeholders.The case disposal levels in the Board of Revenue for Rajasthan increased from 500 cases/ month in July 2017 to 1200 cases/ month in January 2018. The streamlining of Court processes provided tremendous momentum and transparency to Revenue Court work in Rajasthan.
Today, the Board of Revenue for Rajasthan has announced that the pilot trials of Phase II of the Digital Rajasva Mandal would commence on Monday February 19, 2018. The software development for Phase II of Digital Rajasva Mandal has been completed. As part of Phase II, the Board of Revenue for Rajasthan would commence SMS facility for Advocates and Litigants, Electronic issue of Summons notices and Electronic Calling for Records from Subordinate Courts (Talbi). The Digitalization of Tehsil Courts would be taken up as part of Phase II of the Digital RajasvaMandal Project. It is expected that by end March 2018, nearly 1000 Revenue Courts of Rajasthan would be online.
SMS Facility for Advocates and litigants would be introduced in all new Admission cases. Every month the Board of Revenue for Rajasthan admits about 2000 new 2nd appeals. Over 150 senior advocates have expressed their willingness to participate in the Phase II of Digital RajasvaMandal and SMS notices would be sent on their registered mobile numbers.
Currently the manual system for service of summons takes about 45-60 days. The electronic service of summons using RCMS would reduce the timeline to 5-7 days. The Registry of the Board of Revenue would issue scanned summons notices to concerned Tehsils in all new admission cases and they would be physically served on the litigants from the Tehsil offices.
The manual system entails calling for file records from subordinate courts which takes about 120-150 days and some times even longer. Under the electronic system of Talbi for records of Subordinate Courts, the process will come down to less than 30 days.
The Pilot Phase of Phase II of the Digital RajasvaMandal would be from February 18, 2018 to March 5, 2018, when the system will be formally launched. V.Srinivas Chairman Board of Revenue for Rajasthan said that “It is indeed a momentous occasion for the 70 year old Board of Revenue to adopt Digitalization practices and join the March for a New India. The Phase II of the Digital RajasvaMandal has been designed with the explicit objective to simplify the litigant’s journey and further streamline court work. I congratulate the President Rajasthan Revenue Bar Association, the Registrar Board of Revenue, all Senior Officials of the Registry, the Department of Information Technology Government of Rajasthan and Digital RajasvaMandal Teams for undertaking this massive project successfully. The Digital RajasvaMandal of Rajasthan would provide a roadmap for other Revenue Courts of India.”
V.Srinivas said that the Phase III of the Digital Rajasva Mandal would be taken up from April 2018 which would include electronic panels, mobile apps and greater knowledge dissemination to Trial Courts and First Appellate Courts. The entire project would be completed in 12 months.