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Press Note - Disposal of Surplus Rural Evacuee Agricultural land on the basis of possession since Rabi 1984 ( Press Note)


                                                                                    Press Note

Punjab Government Department Of Rehabilitation

Sub: Disposal of Surplus Rural Evacuee Agricultural land on the basis of possession since Rabi 1984.

The latest policy of Government with regard to disposal of surplus rural evacuee agricultural land has been announced on 23rd November, 1987. One of the decision pertains to the transfer of rural evacuee land on the basis of possession, to each of the occupant upto a maximum of 3 ordinary acres if the land is situated within 2 to 5 miles from the limits of Municipal Committee and upto a maximum 10 ordinary acres when situated beyond 5 miles of a Municipal Committee, inclusive of an occupants own holding if any, on the following maintenance: ­

I. (i) The cultivating possession of an occupant is established to be continuous and undisputed from the entries in the Khasra Girdawaris from Rabi, 1984 and ;

(ii) He is head of his family.

(iii) He is self-tiller. A widows who is occupant and getting the land cultivated the land by her son (s) or by employing servant(s) or otherwise shall be considered as self-tiller.

II. An occupant's own holding shall include :

(a) the land owned by him" his wife and his dependent children; and,

(b) any Nazool evacuee or inferior evacuee land purchased from the Revenue & Rehabilitation Department on instalment basis or otherwise, even if it is not fully paid.

III. The price of the land shall be charged at the following rates except where a variation in the price has been approved by the Financial Commissioner (Revenue ).

(a) For Non-Scheduled Caste Occupants.

(i) For Chahi/Nehri land and the Rs. 20,000/-per ordinary acre.

and irrigated by private or

Government Tube- Wells.

(ii) For Barani land and the land Rs. 10,000/-per ordinary acre.

(b) For Scheduled Caste Occupants.

(i) For Chahi/Nehri land and the 1/3rd of the rate as applicable

land irrigated by private or for the non Scheduled Caste

Government tubewells occupants i.e. Rs.3,333.35

Per ordinary acre.

(ii) For Barani land 1/3rd of the rate as applicable to the Non-Scheduled Cast occupa­nts i.e. Rs. 6,667/- per ordinary

(IV) The cultivating possession shall be determined strictly on the basis of the entries appearing in the Khasra Girdawari shall be ignored. Similarly, corrections of the Khasra girdawari secured on the basis of application filed after 23rd November, 1987 shall not be taken into consideration.

(V) The price of the land shall be recoverable in 10 equal six monthly instalments. The first instalment will be recovered at the time of issue of Allotment letter and on the balance instalments, interest @ 10 % will be charged. In the event of default, penal interest @ 15% will be chargeable. In the case of three successive defaults, the transfer will be cancelled and the land resumed. If transferee wishes to pay the price in fewer instalments or in lump-sum, he will be permitted to do so.

(VI) The occupants shall be liable to pay, in lump-sum, or under specific orders, made by the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil)-cum-Sales Commissioner" in instalments , arrears on account of rent/ damages, of the land occupied by them along with the price of the land, but the number of instalments shall in no case exceed the number in which the price of land is recoverable.

(VII) The following occupants shall not be entitled to the transfer of the land in their possession under this Press Note: ­

(i) A minor provided he is not a legal heir of an occupant who has died after making an application By the prescribed date, or such woman whose husband is alive but is not disabled or in-capacitated;

(ii) an allottee (Displaced Person) or his vendee, the allotment whereof has been cancelled;

(iii) who has already purchased surplus rural evacuee agricultural land on the basis of possession or in restricted auction and has disposed of the same or has ceased to be entitled to hold the land by reasons of default in the terms and conditions of the transfer or sale.

(VIII) The determining date for assessing an occupant's own holding shall be the date on which his applications for the transfer of the land is decided by the Tehsildar (Sales). However, any part or whole of the holding, if transferred by an occupant, his wife or his dependent children to anyone in any manner or acquired by him, his wife, or his dependent children from any source after 23rd November, 1987 and before the decision of his application by the Tehsildar (Sales) shall be deemed to be apart of his holding while making the above assessment.

(IX) The reserve prices fixed by the Government, can be further increased or decreased by the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) keeping in view the location, and quality of a particular piece of land.

(X) For the purpose of classification of the land i.e. irrigated or un-irrigated quality of land or urban, sub-urban or rural location, the prescribed date will be the date of disposal of the application by the Tehsildar (Sales)

2. The occupants who consider themselves eligible to the transfer of the land occupied by them, in terms of the above conditions, should submit their applications in a prescribed form to the Tehsildar (Mahal)-cum-Sales of their respective Tehsils by 23rd May 1988 positively. The prescribed forms can be obtained from the Tehsil Offices free of cost.

3 Application received after the aforesaid date shall not be entertained.


Dated, Chandigarh, the 23rd November, 1987.

Hon'ble Revenue Minister


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

Sh.  K A P Sinha, IAS

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