Residents of two thickly-populated patwar circles, including Karjan and Pangan, in Manali sub-division have been facing great hardship as the posts of village revenue officers (patwaris) have been lying vacant there since long.
Karjan patwar circle, which falls under Barshai Kothi area in the left bank belt, consists of Sajla, Dhamsu, Karjan, Gazan, Soyal, Mansari,Chaklari and Haripur villages, while Pangan patwar circle, which falls in the remote Baragarh Kothi area in Manali sub- division, consists of Pangan, Defri, Mohila, Ligin Shangchar, Malah, Riyara, Shara,Thali, Jalsa, Dharsha, Niyalag Shegliand Kasheri villages.
Earlier, in order to save the people of Karjan and Pangan circles from inconvenience, the patwaris of the adjoining patwar circles had been given the additional charges of these two circles. However, they too have relinquished their additional responsibilities. This has left the people of these two patwar circles in a fix as they are not getting the copies of jamabandi (record of rights) and misal haqiyat to execute the registered sale deeds/conveyance deeds. Though the copies of these documents are available in lok-mitra kendras (LMK), the copies of revenue record obtained from LMK are not acceptable in the office of sub-registrar unless the same are further verified and authenticated by the patwaris concerned.
“Why the people should suffer because of the vacant posts? It is the duty of the government to make arrangements to provide copies ofjamabandi to the villagers,” questioned BM Rana, former BDC member from Baragran area.
Lal Chand Thakur, a former NGO leader and senior citizen from Sajla village, too, demanded immediate posting of a patwari at Karjanpatwar circle.
When contacted, Rakesh Kanwar, deputy commissioner, Kullu said the decision to fill up the vacant posts of patwaris would be taken at the government level within two-three days. He admitted that the people had been facing great hardships after the village revenue officers from adjoining patwar circles relinquished their additional charges. Kanwar said he would meet the secretary (revenue) soon to discuss the issue on the filling up of the vacant posts.