A high level meeting was held here today under the chair of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. The meeting reviewed in detail the performance of Punjab Land Record Authority and the future strategy. The Chief Minister accorded approval to make the record of ownership deeds (fard-e-malkiat) available online through official website. The meeting decided to put a stop to the every bit role of patwari in revenue matters. It also decided to launch mobile service for the provision of ownership deeds and other revenue related documents. Due to the launch of mobile service facility, the citizens will get their revenue related documents at the doorsteps.
While addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif disclosed that ownership deeds can also be received from the branches of Bank of the Punjab in future; and added that Punjab Land Record Authority and Punjab Bank will enter into an agreement at the start of the next month, in this regard. Under this agreement, the counters of arazi center will be opened at different branches of Punjab Bank. He hoped that this facility would help to extend the scope of services and the people would be further facilitated in getting documents of their properties. He said that the Punjab government has taken a revolutionary step by computerizing the revenue record of the rural population. He made it clear that there is no room for any corrupt official in Land Record Management Information System. Action has been taken against the officials found involved in corruption under a policy of zero tolerance, and strict action has been taken against the persons found involved in corruption. He said that this latest system has been introduced to put an end to corruption and fraud in the revenue matters.
It is sanguine that the Punjab Land Record Authority has been maintaining this mega program of public interest in an efficient manner. The Chief Minister directed that Punjab Land Record Authority should select best staff on merit for efficient execution of the latest system. He accorded approval to make the record of ownership deeds available online through the official website; and said that ownership deeds acquired through online for the purpose of record would not be used for sale and purchase of properties. The information regarding property would be provided at the official website of Land Record Management Information System and the people would be able to access their property records through a latest system. He said that computerization of land record is a historic initiative of the Punjab government which would put an end to the archaic patwar culture, forever. He said that role of the patwar mafia in any shape is unacceptable.
The role of the patwari with regard to revenue matters will be eliminated and the affairs pertaining to gardawari will also be withheld from him. For this purpose, necessary amendments would be made in the law, the meeting was told.
The Chief Minister directed to constitute a high level committee and said that this committee would finalize the steps for future course of action of Punjab Land Record Authority. While directing to constitute committees comprising of retired judges at the district level to solve the complaints pertaining to Arazi Centers, Chief Minister said that the constitution of these committees would help to promptly solve the complaints in accordance with the law.
The Chief Minister took serious notice of inclusion of unverified name in Gardawari during verification process through Land Record Management Information System for the distribution of gunny bags, and directed the DG Anti-Corruption to take action against the responsible persons. He added that cases should be filed against the responsible and action should be taken in accordance with the law.
DG Punjab Land Record Authority gave a presentation about working and performance of the organization. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Bilal Yasin, Jehangir Khanzada, Chief Secretary, Advisor Dr. Umer Saif, Chairman Punjab Land Record Authority Rana Babar Hussain MPA, members of the provincial assembly, Chairman P&D, Senior Member Board of Revenue and concerned officials attended the meeting.