Wednesday, May 01, 2013
From Print Edition
Land record’s handling by ‘private persons’ decried
From Our Correspondent
JHANG: Social circles have appealed to Caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi, the chief secretary, the Board of Revenue senior member, the Faisalabad commissioner and the DCO to take notice of handling of the land record allegedly by private persons.
Sources in the Revenue Department disclosed that the Punjab government had planned to computerise the land record to save the people from the ‘patwari mafia’. They said the Punjab Board of Revenue had approved the establishment of Land Record Management and Information Centres at Tehsil Offices across the province. They said some influential people dealing in software and programmes managed to acquire the project from the BoR. They said that a private party with the help of tehsil revenue administration established the Land Record Management and Information Centre in the library of District Council instead of Tehsil Office against the policy of the BoR.
The sources said according to the Revenue Act, no private person could take custody of the land record but several private persons working in the centre had been summoning the Revenue Department officials. “The centre is being run by private people who have been allegedly recruited by the in-charge against the recruitment policy. Huge funds have been spent on the purchase of , air-conditioners and furniture. The District Council officials are worried because the Audit Department had raised objections against the use of electricity from the District Council’s meter,” they added.
They said the project was only 20 per cent complete, but the BoR was informed that over 60 per cent work had been completed to get more funds. They added the Revenue Department officials were facing difficulties for visiting the centre, which had been established away from Tehsil Office.
When contacted, Additional District Collector Haroon Rasheed said that a majority of the Land Record Management and Information Centre were working in the Tehsil Offices under the supervision of ACs, but the Jhang project in-charge had refused to leave District Council. He said that the Jhang AC would be directed to inspect the centre daily to stop private persons’ access to the land record.