Punjab sets up 6-member Revenue Commission
A six-member Revenue Commission, headed by a recently-retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been set up by the Punjab Government to enhance Revenue Department’s efficiency, besides reviewing the existing laws, procedures to bring transparency into land administration.
The Government on Tuesday notified the six-member panel, to be headed by Justice (retired) SS Saron, to bring in greater efficiency and accountability in the functioning of the Revenue Department.
The Commission is tasked with streamlining the existing laws, procedures and processes relating to land administration in line with the requirements of modern agricultural and non-agricultural uses. The panel would also propose new laws and procedures, along with other methods, to make revenue administration more transparent and responsive to the needs of the people.
The panel will have Punjab Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) chairman NS Kang, Punjabi University Patiala’s former professor and Department of Economics’ head Dr SS Gill, former PCS officer Jaswant Singh, and State Co-operative Bank (retd) managing director GS Mangat as its other members. Punjab Land Records Society (PLRS) adviser NS Sangha will be its member secretary.
As per the notification issued by the Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), the Punjab Land Records Society would provide secretarial assistance to the Commission. Such officers of the Revenue Department and other relevant Departments of the State Government, as are required, shall also be associated to support the Commission, which may also associate experts as it considers necessary, it added.
The Commission, which would submit its report on the issues referred to it from time to time, will have a term of one year or as decided by the Government. It will meet as per its requirements.
Spokesperson said the Commission would have the mandate to review organisational structure of revenue-related aspirations, expectations, needs and requirements of the contemporary Punjabi society. It will suggest norms of population, area etc for all administrative units viz division, district, sub-division, tehsil, sub-tehsil, kanungos and patwar circle.
The panel will also examine Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1887, Punjab Tenancy Act, 1887, Punjab Land Reforms Act, 1972, and other related Acts and Manuals administered by the Department of Revenue, to assess their relevance in the present scenario of land use and land holdings, etc.
The Commission would be tasked with suggesting amendments in the existing Acts, Rules and Manuals and also with recommending the repeal of existing ones, which have become outdated and are no more required.
The notification further stipulated the enactment of new Acts and Rules, if required, in view of emerging requirements of land for the use of Agriculture and Industry, and suggest whether the State should move towards a system of conclusive title in place of existing presumptive title and if yes, the procedures for the same.
The Commission would also review the existing policies with regard to disposal or utilisation of Government lands, especially Nazool land, evacuee land and muafi land, and suggest necessary amendments.
Apart from this, the Commission would also review the existing Acts and
Rules pertaining to urban properties in order to protect the rights of people in urban land, maintenance of records and procedures.
The Commission may also suggest measures or give observations regarding the Acts and Rules etc, administered by other Departments of the Government of Punjab, to minimise the frictions and achieve the much needed cohesiveness between them.
It would devise its own procedures for its functioning, and may call for and study any record, files, or reports of any department under the Punjab Government. It may visit anywhere in India for perusal and study of such records and procedures as it may deem proper.
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