Jayantibhai Kavadiya, minister of state, panchayat and rural development department, said, "As per the Gujarat Panchayat Act 1993, clause 105, the removal of pastoral land encroachment is duty of local village Panchayat. Taluka development officer gives instructions for removal of encroachments and gives instructions to talati-mantari every month.''
The SC in January 2011 had ordered for putting strict restriction on the sale of Gauchar land of the state and removing the encroachment from it. The SC order had said, "Pastoral land and other community resources belonging to a village shall not be given for industrial or commercial use and should strictly be used for communities' use".
The SC had directed all the state governments to formulate schemes for eviction of illegal and unauthorized occupants of land meant for gram sabha, gram panchayat and other community uses. The SC said, "Long duration of such illegal occupation or huge expenditure on constructions thereon or political connections must not be treated as a justification for condoning this illegal act or for regularizing the illegal possession".