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Disposal of evacuee agricultural lands situated within five miles of Indo Pak Border



CD Malik PCS

Under Secretary to Government, Punjab

Revenue Department


The Deputy Commissioner

Ferozepur/ Amritsar/Gurdaspur

Memo No,3355-JN (IV)-62/2330 Chandigarh dated 11th May, 1962

Sub:- Disposal of evacuee agricultural lands situated within five miles of Indo-Pak Border Punjab Government Endst, No,2984-JN(N)-61/2666 dated 6th April 1961

1. Government have decided to dispose of the evacuee agricultural lands situated within 5 miles of Indo-Pak Border which were purchased by them in April, 1961 in the manner prescribed below. The details of this land have already been supplied to you with the endorsement referred to above.

2. Maximum land that can be leased out : The land should be leased out at the rate of 10 acres of Banjar land per family of Rai Sikhs and Ex-Servicemen in Ferozepur, Amritsar and Gurdaspur Districts. -who are landless but actual tillers of the soil. Small landowners owing less than 10 acres should be allotted so much area as to make their holding up to 10 acres. The claims of the sitting tenants (authorized or unauthorized) before Rabi 1964 who have made the land cultivable with their efforts, should also be considered and they should be given preference if found eligible for allotment of the land. The lands consist of cultivable, banjar and ghairmumkin lands. Accordingly it has been decided that 2 acres of ghairmumkin land should be treated equal to one acre of Banjar land, and two acres of banjar land, equal to one acre of cultivable land for the purpose of lease.

3. Committee for leasing out lands : The land should be leased out by a Committee consisting of the following:­

(i) Deputy Commissioner of the District Chairman

(ii) Local Mahal Tehsildar Member

(iii) Representative of the Police Department Member

(iv) Representative of Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence Member

The antecedents of the persons to whom the land is proposed to be leased out will be verified by the Police Department.

4. Option to purchase the land : The land should be leased out for 10 years in the first instance. After a period of 5 years, however, the lessee shall have the option to purchase the land at the following rates :­

Rs.l00/-per acre for irrigated/cultivated land :

Rs. 75/-per acre for un-irrigated cultivable lands ;

Rs.40/-per acre for banjar land, and ;

Rs.25/-per acre for Ghair-Mumkin land.

The lease money recovered from them shall be deducted from the sale price and the net amount shall be payable in lump sum or in five annual instalments .

5. Amount to be paid by the lessee- (a) The lessee will not be required to pay any lease money or land revenue or other cesses in the first 5 years in respect of-the Ghairmumkin lands. However, lease money at the rate of Rs. 1/-per acre in respect of banjar land will he charged. If canal irrigation has been extended Abiana will be leviable, after the expiry of five year the lessees will be required to pay land revenue and other cesses.

(b) The lessees in respect of the un-irrigated culturable lands will be required to pay land revenue & other cesses, while in respect of irrigated cultivable lands, will be required to pay Rs. 1/-per acre lease money plus land revenue and other cesses.

6. Delivery of Possession - If a lessee does not want to purchase the land, he shall deliver vacant possession of the land leased to him and will not be entitled to any compensation for the improvements made thereon.

7. Land to be brought under cultivation - The lessee shall bring under cultivation or proper use 1/4th of the land in the first 3 years of the lease, and the remaining 3/4th in the next 2 years.

8. The cultivated area or the area put to proper use can be reduced to less than 1/2 in any case after the 5th year .

9. Condonation of breach of conditions - Any breach of the conditions at Nos (6) and (7) for reasons beyond the control of the lessees can be condoned by the authority prescribed by the Govt. in this behalf

10. Death of Lessee - In case a lessees dies during the period of the lease his successor/s will be given the land on the same term and conditions.

11. For any particular area, any special condition or set of conditions can be prescribed by the Government.

12. Appeal - In case of a dispute between the lessees and the Collector regarding any condition of the lease or the right of the Government, the dispute shall be referred to the Commissioner of the Division for decision. An appeal against the order of the Commissioner by the allottee shall lie to the State Government whose decision shall be final.

Action in the matter may please be taken immediately formalities in this connection should be completed expeditiously as to enable you to put the lessee in possession before the 15th June, 1962.


GD Malik

Under Secretary, Revenue(II)

Hon'ble Revenue Minister


Special Chief Secretary, Department of Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management

Sh.  K A P Sinha, IAS

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