Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bajwa orders eviction of encroachments from village pond lands

Sun, 2 Jul 2017-07:52pm , PTI

Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today issued instructions to the officials of his department to remove the illegal encroachments from the village pond lands.

He also directed them to ensure a proper maintenance and utilisation of the ponds.

The minister ordered the officials to restore status quo ante (the previously existing state of affairs) after getting the records of the pond lands from the Revenue department.

The lands should be marked on the basis of the records and the illegal encroachments should be removed from them, he said here in a statement.

Bajwa said it was because of these encroachments that there were no outlets for the drains, leading to disputes among the people over the dirty, stagnant water.

He also asked the officials to explore the possibilities of treating the sewage water for irrigation and added that the treated water could be supplied to the fields by installing solar-powered pumps in the ponds, for which the government was providing an 80-per cent subsidy.

The ponds could also be used to harvest rain water as currently, the only outlet for the rain water were drains which resulted in its wastage, the minister said.

"Rain water harvesting will also help raise the sub-soil water level," he added.

(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Man secures 10,000 acres of grazing land for cows

The initiative is led by a retired electricity department employee and other like-minded citizens secured the land. He says pastures and not cow shelters will save the bovines.

Updated: Jun 30, 2017 20:03 IST
Salik Ahmad

Cows graze at Sarah Nathaniya Gauchar Bhoomi in Bikaner city. 
(HT Photo)
Gauchar (pastures) and not gaushalas (cow-shelters) will save cows. A group of citizens have secured nearly 10,000 acres of grazing land in Bikaner city believing in this idea to establish a sustainable model for cow protection.

Led by Brij Narayan Kiradoo, a retired employee of the electricity department and popularly known as Birju Maharaj, the group has been fighting for three decades for the land, called Sarah Nathaniya Gauchar Bhoomi, against encroachment, hunting of animals, felling of trees and for the development of grass cover.

“People abandon male calves and sell spent cows because they do not have any economic utility and people have to spend on their fodder. If the same cattle have access to pastures, then they won’t be a financial burden on their owners,” said Kiradoo.

He claimed that nearly 30,000 cows graze on the land every day and the grazing land provides free fodder for nearly eight months a year. In addition, nearly 40 villages have an informal agreement for rearing their cattle in the secured grassland.

Kiradoo added that there are lakhs of stray cows in Rajasthan and it’s practically impossible to put them all in cow-shelters, as it would lead to huge and recurring costs to the government.

Bikaner tehsildar Ashok Aggarwal validated Kiradoo’s conservation
efforts but is unsure about how successful it will be in saving cows.

“It’s true that Kiradoo’s conservation efforts of have been tremendous. Had it not been for him, a good part of the land would have been encroached upon by now. But I see stray cows in Bikaner city, so I cannot vouch for the model’s success with regard to cow protection,” said Aggarwal.

Ashok Choudhary, a civil servant-turned-activist working for sustainable development models in Rajasthan, lauded Kiradoo’s efforts and said that Sarah Nathaniya is a small ecosystem of its own.

“There are cattle, deer, rabbits, ponds, lakhs of trees and acres and acres of desert grass in the area,” said Choudhary. A strong advocate of conservation of pastures, Choudhary added that most of the pasture land in the state has been either encroached, lying barren or being used for farming and that securing pasture land in every village is the only way to save cows.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kharar civic body fails to decide on shamlat land issue at Harlalpur village

Our Correspondent
Kharar, June 19

MLA Kanwar Sandhu makes a point at a meeting of the Municipal
Council in Kharar on Monday. 
Photo: Vicky Gharu
A resolution to sanction expenditure for filling a fresh case under the Punjab Village Common Land Act, 1961, in a civil court regarding 1,033 kanal 19 marla shamlat land at Harlalpur village here was kept pending after a detailed discussion at the Kharar Municipal Council meeting here today. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Anju Chander. Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu was also present on the occasion.

This village was merged with the local municipal council on April 29, 2013. A special meeting was called today to discuss the issue. According to agenda of the meeting, a discussion was held with senior officials regarding various recommendations made by the Justice Kuldeep Singh tribunal regarding this land. The case was decided by the court in the favour of owners earlier.

As per the resolution, 937 kanal 4 marla land stands in the name of various people. As per the government instructions, this issue was discussed with Justice Rajiv Bhalla (retd) and two different civil writs had already been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Councillors Gurpream Singh Romana, Kuldip Singh and Pargat Singh opposed the resolution as many villagers were in the possession of the land for the past two decades. They said it was not advisable to file a fresh case in the court as the matter had already been decided by the High Court. Another councillor, Amarjit Singh Panchi, admitted that many influential persons had purchased the land in the village. After a detailed discussion, a five-member committee was formed to get details of the common land belonging to the council.

MLA Kanwar Sandhu gave his advice on the issue. He said many influential persons had encroached upon the common land of villages in Kharar. He asked the MC to get full details of the land and circulate a recent decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

A request for passing a resolution for the transfer of an MC official was also discussed in detail. At the meeting, the person concerned himself said that he was proceeding on leave and would get himself transferred from here.

Kanwar Sandhu, while addressing those present on the occasion, said that he would never tolerate any corruption in the working of the council. He asked MC officials to give full respect to the elected members and work to solve various problems faced by Kharar residents.