The government of Punjab has principally decided to grant proprietary rights of the land property temporally allotted to the Jammu and Kashmir refugees settled in the Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions. According to official sources, the Settlement and Rehabilitation Wing of the Board of Revenue Punjab has directed the concerned Divisional Commissioners of Gujranwala and Rawalpindi Divisions where a huge number of the J&K refugees are settled to complete whole of the process by December 31st this year in all circumstances as per target fixed by the Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, the sources told APP here on Thursday.
The CM Shahbaz Sharif has accorded formal approval for grant of proprietary right in land temporary allotted to the Jammu & Kashmir refugees settled in Rawalpindi and Gujranwala divisions under section (3) of the Evacuee Property and Displaced Persons Laws (Repeal) Act 1975.
“In pursuance of the approval accorded by the Chief Minister of Punjab, the Settlement and Rehabilitation Wing of Board of Revenue Punjab has decided to confer proprietary rights upon the non-claimant Jammu & Kashmir refugees who had earlier been temporarily allotted evacuee land for maintenance purpose”, the sources quoted the directive circulated by the Board of Revenue Punjab to the Divisional Commissioners as well as the DCOs/ District Collectors of Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum.
“To implement the above decision of granting the proprietary rights of the evacuee land temporarily allotted to the Jammu and Kashmir (Non claimant) refugees, settled in Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions the Punjab government has constituted the Divisional Committee headed by the Commissioner of the concerned decisions for the conferment of the propriety rights to the J&K refugees and guidelines TORs, the sources revealed. According to an official notification the four member committee in each division /district will be comprising Divisional Commissioner (concerned) as head with DCO/District Collector of Concerned district, Representative of the Board of Revenue (Not below the level of Deputy Secretary) and Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) Commissioner Office as members of the Committee.—APP