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With the Punjab government making Jumla Mushtarka owner lands the property of panchayats as shamlat land, the buildings, big buildings, houses, farm houses, commercial establishments built on them will also become part of the panchayat’s property. After the registration of the names of Panchayats and Municipal Councils, notices will be issued to the occupiers of these lands to remove the debris of their buildings etc. If the occupiers do not give up the possession of the land, then all these constructions will automatically become the property of the Panchayat.
State Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema says that the lands owned by the panchayat will be handed over to the panchayats after getting rid of the possession. He said that the Punjab Government has now made a special act to get rid of the encroachment from Panchayati land and the State Government has so far been successful in removing the encroachment from such lands. The buildings erected by the people on Panchayati lands will be given to the respective Panchayats as per law. Panchayats and city councils will issue notices to the owners of such constructions. If they do not remove the possession, the ownership of these buildings will be given to the Panchayats.
It is worth mentioning that the state government, following an order of the Supreme Court, unanimously passed the Punjab Village Common Land (Regulation) Amendment Bill-2022 during a special session of the Legislative Assembly. Now the state government has written a letter to all the Deputy Commissioners asking them to register the details of the land owned by Shamlat and Jumla Mushtarka in their respective gram panchayats with immediate effect.