Punjab News : Laljit Singh Bhullar, the Rural Development and Panchayat Minister of Punjab, has issued strict instructions to all field officers in the department to accelerate the campaign for reclaiming Panchayat lands from encroachments. During a meeting with Divisional Directors and D.D.P.O.s of the department at the Punjab Civil Secretariat, Bhullar directed the officers to submit their progress reports within 15 days.
Rural Development Minister Urges Officers to Expedite Panchayat Land Retrieval Campaign
Bhullar emphasized that the department has successfully freed 11,859 acres of Panchayat land so far. However, there are 6,657 acres of Panchayat land across the state for which possession warrants are ready, but action has not been taken by field officers. The minister urged district authorities to promptly address the pending possession warrants.
He also requested block-wise details of occupied Panchayat lands from officials and discussed cases involving the possession of Panchayat land. Bhullar highlighted that 6,926 acres of Panchayat land cases were transferred to D.D.P.O.s under Section 7 of the Act, while cases related to the possession of 20,734 acres of land under Section 11 are pending with Divisional Directors and Additional Deputy Commissioners of the department. Furthermore, there is an area of 42,381 acres where the concerned authorities have not yet granted permission under Section 7 of the Act. The minister urged officials to expedite the hearing and resolution of these cases, taking action in pending matters.
Bhullar also instructed Deputy Commissioners and S.Pij to provide necessary administrative support to department officers for the campaign to reclaim encroached Panchayat lands of the Punjab Government. Finance Commissioner, Rural Development, and Panchayat, Tejveer Singh, and other department officials attended the meeting.