E-Swathu Karnataka: How to Login, View & Download Form 9, Form 11 online

[] The E-Swathu portal helps property sellers to download digitally-signed Form 9 and Form 11, which is an important extract required during property registration

To make land ownership records of rural areas available online, the Karnataka government introduced the E-Swathu platform, which provides property details and related documents, in an aim to reduce forgeries and scams related to land and properties. The portal also regulates registrations of unauthorised layouts.

Role of E-Swathu

The major role of E Swathu Karnataka is to maintain the records of ownership and physical details of properties under each gram panchayat jurisdiction. Updating of details, in case of inheritance, transfer of ownership or gift of property, acquisition of land for government projects, court cases, restrictions, liabilities, etc., is also done on the E-Swathu platform. Through this portal, a property owner can share property details with the gram panchayat and other related government departments, courts and town planning offices, to prevent forgery and to maintain records.

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Documents available on E-Swathu

There are two documents available on E-Swathu:

  • Form 9
  • Form 11

E-Swathu: What is Form 9

Form 9, also known as A-Khata document, is created by the gram panchayat, specifically for non-agricultural properties under their jurisdiction. For a gram panchayat to issue Form-9, the property should fulfil the following conditions:

  • It should be legally converted to a non-agricultural property by the Revenue Department Office concerned, as per the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964.
  • It should have sanctions and approvals for plans under the Town and Country Planning Act from the government department concerned.
  • It should be verified by the tahsildar and its location within the gramathana of the village confirmed, via a sketch.
  • It should be issued to beneficiaries of the Basava, Ambedkar and Indira Awaas Yojana government housing schemes.

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E-Swathu: Documents required for Form 9

Condition Document required
If the property is said to fall within the Gramathana Gramathana sketch, with the property certificate surveyed and certified by the tahsildar.
If the property in question is claimed to be a converted property
  • Ownership documents.
  • The conversion order that is issued by the Revenue Department.
  • The approval for the plan, given by the competent authority in the Urban Development Department.
If the property has been granted in a government housing scheme Hakku Pathra issued by the competent authority and the sanction order.
Mandatory documents for all three categories Photograph of the applicant and any identity and address proof, such as ration card, PAN card, passport or Aadhaar card.

A property owner needs to submit an application to the gram panchayat, to apply for Form 9. Mentioned above  are the documents required for it.

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E-Swathu: What is Form 11

Form-11 is also issued by the respective gram panchayat offices for non-agricultural properties under their jurisdiction. It is issued under the Karnataka Panchayat Raj (Grama Panchayat Budgeting and Accounting) Rules 2006 (Rule 30, Amendment Rules 2013). Form 11 is an extract from the Register of Demand, Collection and Balance of land and building.

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E-Swathu: Uses of Form 9 and Form 11

Usually, Form 9 and Form 11 are used for property tax collection. Since, gram panchayats are authorised to collect property taxes, these documents make it mandatory for the property owner to pay the tax to the authority. Apart from this, these are mandatory documents for non-agricultural properties, for carrying out property registration. These are important property documents required for selling property in gram panchayat jurisdiction.

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E-Swathu: Digitally signed Form 9, Form 11

While the applications are filed offline at the gram panchayat office, all forms and extracts are issued online through E-Swathu portal. These forms are digitally signed by the Panchayat Development Office (PDO) and do not require the ink signature of any official. Each certificate issued through E-Swathu has a unique certificate number, which can be used to verify the genuineness of the document.

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E-Swathu: How to view Form-9 and Form-11 online?

You can view Form-9 and Form-11 of your property online on the E-Swathu portal, by following the procedure mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the E-Swathu online platform and click on the ‘Search Property’ option.


Step 2: Select the form you want to search and select the district, block, gram panchayat and village, from the drop-down menu. You can also search the form using the Property ID.

E-Swathu Karnataka

Step 3: The E Swathu Form 9 pdf download (or Form 11, as the case may be) will be saved on your system. The E Swathu document password will be your Property ID.

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E-Swathu: Significance for ‘ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಪತ್ರದ ಕ್ರಮ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ’ in Form-9 and Form-11

Every Form-9 and Form-11 will have a unique certificate number which is printed under heading ‘ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಪತ್ರದ ಕ್ರಮ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ’. With this certificate number, one can cross check the genuineness of the form document.  Also, every form-9 and form-11 is issued on secured stationery with a hologram present on it. In addition to having a water mark, each paper is numbered which is printed in the top right hand corner.

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How to verify digitally signed Form 9 and Form 11?

To check the genuineness of the downloaded form, you can verify the document from the E-Swathu portal by the following method:

Step 1: Visit the E-Swathu platform and click on the ‘Verify Document’ option.

E-Swathu Form 9

Step 2: Enter the certificate or document number.

E-Swathu Form 11

Step 3: The results will be displayed on the screen.

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E-Swathu news updates

September 8, 2021: More than 700 gram thana sites have been found to be illegally registered by two sub-registrars in one of the biggest land registration scams, mentioned in a report by The Hindu. The land sites in Hesaraghatta and Yelahanka hoblis in Yelahanka taluk in Bengaluru Urban district, were found to be registered illegally without getting the computerised E-Swathu Form 9 and Form 11 A or 11 B. In the investigation, it was found that between June 28 and July 5, 2021, close to 731 sites were illegally registered in the Kacharakanahalli SRO. However, this illegal practice is not restricted  only to Kacharakanahalli SRO but is prevalent in the outskirts of Bengaluru too.

As part of the malpractice, SROs ignored the need for computerised Form 9 and Form 11 A or 11 B, which carries the panchayat development officer’s digital signature. It is alleged that they deliberately did not verify the online property information from the e-Swathu portal, thus, going against the government orders issued in 2013 and 2014. Also, these gram panchayat sites were registered without the sale deed which is crucial under Kaveri e-Swathu, to prevent fraudulent activities. Additionally, many documents were registered as bhoomi/agriculture land, so that they do not appear in the e-Swathu data.

E-Swathu faces glitches

September 1, 2021: Property registrations coming under gram panchayats across Karnataka have been disrupted in August 2021, as the e-Swathu, with the e-Swathu portal being migrated to a new secure platform by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Department. According to the Revenue Department, the migration happened without the knowledge of the Stamps and Registration Department, resulting in the disruption. Apparently, the RDPR Department changed the URL from HTTP to the more secure HTTPS, without informing the Revenue Department and the National Informatics Centre.

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What is Form-11 in Karnataka?

Form-11 is an extract from the Register of Demand, Collection and Balance of land and building. It is used for property tax payment.

Is it safe to buy Gramathana sites?

Yes, you can check the legality of land in gram panchayat areas on the E-Swathu portal.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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