3. Secretary of State’s Despatch No.53-Finl., dated the 8th September, 1916, and Punjab Government Resolution No.8397, dated the 5th April, 1917. (1) - In 1917 a scheme for the creation of special jagirs was sanctioned by the Secretary of State enabling the Government of the Punjab to grant such jagirs ordinarily not exceeding Rs.1,000 a year in in any one case to persons other than whole time officials in active service and subject, as regards the aggregate grant permissible in any one year, to a maximum of Rs.5,000. Ex-officials can be granted special jagirs solely on public service rendered after retirement.
2. Recommendations for the grant of special jagirs. Recommendations for the grant of special jagirs should be made only in favour of persons of proved loyalty, who have rendered conspicuous services to the administration. Those services may include work done in connection with such objects as the preservation of law and order, the advancement of the Co-operative and panchayat movements, the encouragement of education, sanitation and medical relief, the popularisation of agricultural improvements, the breeding of horses and cattle, the planting of trees, etc. Recommendations should not be made save in very exceptional cases in favour of persons who have received other forms of reward, such as grants of land or large jagirs, but there is no objection to the increase of the value of a special jagir already granted so as to bring it up to a higher grade (Rs.500, 750, or 1,000). Recommendations that were not previously accepted may, of course, be repeated at the discretion of the officers concerned.
In order to afford Government some field of choice, local officers should send up alternative recommendation with an indication of the order preference.
The recommendation for each case should be made in the following form:-
(1) Name, parentage, tribe and residence of proposed grantee.
(2) (a) Proposed grantee’s status title and honorary offices (if any).
(b) Whether he is or has been an official and whether he is in receipt of a pension.
(3) Total area of land owned and land revenue paid.
(4) How much of the area in No. 3 was received by way or reward or landed gentry grant, with details of grants, if any.
(5) Amount of revenue assignment already enjoyed (if any) with details.
(6) Rewards already received besides those indicated under heads 4 and 5.
(7) Special jagir now proposed.
(8) Has the proposed grantee a lineal descendant by whom one-half of the grant could fitly be inherited.
(9) Grounds on which the grant is proposed by the Deputy Commissioner.
(10) Remarks of the Commissioner.
(3) Punjab Government circular letter No.3743-R., dated the 15th October, 1938. Every special jagir is allocated on the revenue of a suitable estate. The Deputy Commissioners are authorised to determine, after consulting the grantees, the villages from the revenue of which such jagirs are to be met, subject to a report being submitted to the Financial Commissioner, through the Commissioner of the division. The choice once made by a jagirdar will be irrevocable.
(4) Punjab Government letter No.998-R (S.). dated the 3rd August, 1931:- A special jagir is limited to two lives and is reduced by one-half on the death of the original grantee. Only a single descendant in the male line of descent of the original jagirdar living at the time of his death can be selected as a successor, under the orders in each case of Punjab Government. Government reserve full discretion not to select a son adopted after the grant of a special jagir. Attached to the grant is a definite condition of “continued good conduct and steadfast loyalty to his Majesty the King Emperor and active good service to the public or to the Government established by law in British India, rendered to the best of the jagirdar’s ability and power”.
(5) Punjab Government letter no.387-R. (S.). dated the 17th June, 1931. Punjab Government letter no.3372-R., dated 6th September, 1938:- Every special jagir is subject to proportionate reduction when the land revenue of the village to which the jagir is assigned is suspended or remitted. Special jagirs are however exempt from liability to reduction as the result of remission under the sliding scale system of assessment.