In a bid to review cases of government land in illegal possession across the state, the Punjab government on Sunday announced two cabinet sub-committees comprising five ministers each to identify and resolve such cases in urban and rural areas.
The decision holds significance in view of a tribunal constituted recently on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court under the chairmanship of Justice Kuldeep Singh (retd) to review similar cases in the state.
The cabinet sub-committee to identify and review such cases in urban areas comprises local bodies minister Chunni Lal Bhagat, food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, education minister Sikander Singh Maluka and PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.
The panel for government assets in rural areas comprises tourism minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, health minister Madan Mohan Mittal, irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia and rural development and panchayats minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, a spokesman said here.
The two panels were finalised after chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's nod on Saturday evening, the spokesman said.
These committees have been asked to submit their reports, along with recommendations in such cases and suggesting concrete steps to check such illegal possessions in future, by January 31, 2013.
The state's chief secretary, principal secretary (finance) and the advocate general would assist the two panels, along with other officers concerned, as and when required, the spokesman added.
The step was formalised in the wake of the decision taken in this regard at the cabinet meeting held on December 12.