In an effort to dispossess all encroachers of shamlat land, the Punjab government has told deputy commissioners to hold monthly meetings to scrap all illegal deals and dispose of all such pending cases of land encroachment. Officers of the rural development and panchayats department would assist the DCs to free government land of miscreants.
Stating this on Tuesday, rural development and panchayat minster Surjit Singh Rakhra said the financial commissioner, revenue, had written a letter to all DCs to hold meetings every month to deal with cases of shamlat land encroachment. He said the district welfare and panchayat officer, district revenue officer, tehsildar and block welfare and panchayat officer would also attend these meetings.
The DCs have also been instructed to implement the land possession warrant in the stipulated time frame so as to divest encroachers of illegal possession of common land. They have been asked to ensure the disposal of all such cases filed under Section 7 of the Punjab Village Common Land Act within three months and cases under Section 6 and 11 within six months.
He said deputy commissioners would have to submit the proceedings of all such meetings to the financial commissioner, revenue, and the director, rural development and panchayats.
Rakhra stated that as demanded by the panchayats, the tehsildar would have to do demarcation of shamlat land within 30 days. "There is a substantial increase in the income of panchayats as the auction process of shamlat land has been made online," he said.
He said the auction process had also been videographed and the department earned Rs 237 crore in the current year, Rs 16 crore more than last year.