Reserve one-third area of land banks for SC entrepreneurs, MP urges Capt
Member of Parliament (MP) Santokh Singh Chaudhary today wrote to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh demanding that the one-third area of proposed land banks should be reserved for allotment to SC entrepreneurs and industrialists only.
He said while the aim to promote and boost industrial development in the state was laudable, the government’s decision to create land banks in villages and give land to industrialists had the potential to deprive the SC population of their statutory right on the panchayat land.
Chaudhary wrote in the letter that under Sections 5 and 15(2)(ff) of the Punjab Village Common Lands Regulation Act, 1961, and Rule 6 (1) (2) of the Punjab Village Common Land (Regulation) Rules, 1964, one-third area of the gram panchayat land was reserved to be given on lease by auction to the members of the Scheduled Caste community only.
“About 56,677 acres of panchayat land of the total 1,70,033 acres is available for use by the members of the community. Since operational land holdings with the SC community members in the state comprise only 6.02 per cent of the total land holdings, despite the share of the SC population in the state being 32 per cent, these laws have immensely benefitted the community by providing them with additional land to cultivate,” he said.
Courtesy: The Tribune