Chandigarh:Punjab government is soon coming up with an ordinance providing ownership rights to the long time possessor of provincial lands. The move, apparently conceived in the wake of forthcoming elections in the state, will benefit the possessors as well as the state treasury. The provincial government lands are managed either by the Revenue Department or by the concerned Administrative Department. These are recorded in the ownership of provincial government in the ownership column of Jamabandi. In cultivation column the name of the concerned Administrative Department is recorded.
People, though staying in the houses built by them, have no ownership rights and are considered as illegal encroachers despite the fact they have been staying there for decades. It is estimated that there are about 5,000-6,000 acres of provincial government lands which are possessed illegally in the state. The scheme is for the possessors of five acres of land not more than that. The state Revenue Department had proposed to evaluate the lands in question with the market value of the chunks. It has been drafted to collect the value dividing the five acres further in three different monetary slabs.
For the first two acres, the possessor will be charged about 50 per cent of the market value and the next two acres will be offered at a price standing 75 per cent of the actual market value. The fifth acre of illegally possessed land will be put on sale to the possessor with 10 per cent rebate on the market value. As a measure to check the undue benefit to the people dealing in real estate, the department has stipulated a ban on the further transaction of the land at least for the coming 10 years.
It is pertinent to mention that Punjab was a province of British India. Most of the Punjab region was annexed by the East India Company in 1849, which included Patiala, Nabha, Faridkot and Kapurthala like princely states. The partition of India led to the province being divided into East Punjab and West Punjab, belonging to the newly created Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan respectively.
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