On Friday, the Punjab Government approved the implementation of the ‘Lal Lakir’ mission aimed at facilitating villagers to monetize property rights and enjoy the benefits provided by government, institutions and banks in all villages across the state.
Since no record of rights is available for such properties within the ‘Lal Lakir,’ the same cannot currently be monetized as for the real value of the property and no mortgages may be granted.
There are families within the ‘Lal Lakir,’ which do not own property other than those within the ‘Lal Lakir,’ and are therefore at a loss when it comes to monetizing or realizing the real value of the property, as per a government source. ‘Lal Lakir’ refers to land that is part of the village of ‘abaadi’ (habitation) and is used for non-agricultural purposes only.
Under this mission, the right to record (RTC) properties within ‘Lal Lakir’ in the villages of the state will be prepared under the SVAMITVA (Village Survey and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme, with the cooperation of the Government of India.
This will allow the mapping of land, households, dwellings and all other areas within ‘Lal Lakir.’ It will go a long way to improving the living standards of the villagers and boosting their self-esteem, the statement stated “.
Problem resulting from rights relating to these properties would now be dealt with in the context of a dispute that is being drawn up specifically for these Lal Lakir properties.
Common utilized lands within ‘Lal Lakir,’ such as ponds, common gathering areas and even passageways and streets facing encroachments due to non-availability/creation of record for the maintenance of these property, will now be safeguarded under this mission, it mentioned.
In an another decision, the Cabinet, chaired here by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, also granted approval to ‘Punjab (Welfare and Settlement of Landless, Marginal and Small Occupant Farmers) Allocation of State Government Land Rules, 2021’ with a view to making allotment of land to unauthorized small and marginal farmers on the basis of rational criteria for the sale of land at a predetermined price.
This would create a fair balance for the occupants who’ve been in ownership for a long time, and would ensure that the government receives its due revenue from the unauthorized occupation of government lands, and would also settle unnecessary long pending disputes, it said.
The Cabinet also approved the restructuring of five additional departments in line with the government’s decision to create jobs across departments and to improve functional efficiency through the optimal utilization of the workforce.
This decision will result in the creation of 1,875 new posts, with 3,720 existing posts, defunct or irrelevant, to be surrendered. In the meantime, a bill for the establishment of a private, self-funded Amity University for enactment will be presented at the next budget session.
The ordinance for the establishment of the university could not be promulgated earlier, due to the imposition of a model code of conduct for civic polls, requiring the laws and regulations of the bill to be approved by the House, as per the comment.
Approved under the ‘Punjab Private University Policy-2010,’ the university will have an investment of 664.32 crore over five years over an area of 40.44 acres. This will have a yearly intake of 1,500-2,000 students, it mentioned.