Take action against shamlat land encroachers: Dept - ECAS Punjab

Take action against shamlat land encroachers: Dept

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Faridkot, June 11

To do away with encroachments on about 1.70 lakh acres of shamlat land in the state, the Rural Development and Panchayat Department has directed all District and Block Development and Panchayat Officers (DDPOs and BDPOs) to start legal proceedings against the illegal occupants.

The department has directed all district and block-level officials to submit certificates with the department, confirming that no panchayat land was encroached upon in their area or in case if there was any encroachment, then assurance of legal action against the illegal occupants.

As per the letter issued to the DDPOs and BDPOs this week, the department has revealed that about 1.70 lakh acre of shamlat land was under encroachment. Sources in the department said over Rs700 crore revenue could be generated annually from the land by leasing it out.

In February, the Panchayat Department had directed the DDPOs and BDPOs to submit the details of encroached property in their areas and take legal action against the wrongdoers after AAP MLAs had raised the issue in Vidhan Sabha. However, 4 months on, no progress has been made.

“Now, we have fixed the deadline and we have written to the district-level officials to initiate legal action against the encroachers of shamlat land or else face music,” said a senior functionary in the department. — TNS

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