Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Govt to lodge criminal cases against illegal occupants of panchayat land
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 14
Aiming to clear panchayat land of encroachments, the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Department has directed its officials to get criminal cases registered against all such illegal occupants.
In all, 27,000 acres of panchayat land was under litigation either due to illegal occupancy or some other reasons. A majority of such cases had been reported in villages situated on the periphery of towns or cities where the land cost was high.
In Mohali district, where the land prices had skyrocketed in recent years due to its proximity to the state capital Chandigarh, there were 413 pending cases.
Director (Rural Development and Panchayats) Balwinder Singh Multani said, “We have already cleared encroachment from 719 acres of land in Patiala district. A similar action is being planned in other districts of the state in coordination with the deputy commissioners and the district police chiefs concerned.”
The department has warned its officials that action will be taken against them as well in case their connivance was established in any such case. They had also been told that action will be taken against them under the service rules in case they failed to act against illegal occupants.
The offenders will be booked under Section 7 of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Act 1961. The law authorises department officials posted at the district headquarters to file a case.
Multani said it had come to their notice that at some places, panchayats were not acting against those occupying village land illegally. “Officials have been told to deal with such cases on a priority,” he said.
During the current financial year, Rs 219.17 crore had been gathered as revenue from the auction process held for renting out 1.40 lakh acres of panchayat land. The figure stood at Rs 208 crore during the 2011-12 financial year.
27,000 acres of panchayat land is under litigation
In most of the cases, the reason is illegal occupancy
Villages situated next to cities and towns are the most vulnerable
Mohali district (situated next to Chandigarh) has 413 such cases
In Patiala district, the state government has already freed 719 acres
A similar action is being planned in other districts
The state government has been earning hefty revenue by giving panchayat land on rent
During the current financial year, Rs 219.17 crore has been gathered by renting out 1.40 lakh acres of land
The revenue last year stood at Rs 208 crore.
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