Action initiated against illegal occupiers of govt land in Sindh' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Action initiated against illegal occupiers of govt land in Sindh’

THATTA: Sindh Minister for Revenue Irfan Gul Magsi said on Thursday action has been initiated against 11 Mukhtiarkars and 21 Tapedars on charges of corruption and irregularities.

This he stated while talking to notables and journalists at the Circuit House here on Thursday.

The minister said the government has recovered from illegal occupants 22,000 acres in Karachi and 10,229 acres in Thatta. He said that the government was committed to rooting out corruption from all departments, adding that revenue officials who were found guilty in the land scam would be dismissed from their services.

He said under the directive of Sindh Chief Minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, action has been initiated against “Qabza” groups to recover the government land from their illegal possession. He said action would continue to bring transparency to all land transactions.

He said people got government lands for agricultural and poultry purposes but sold out these lands for other purposes, adding that the government has issued instructions to officials to stop such transactions where the original purpose of the purchase of land is violated.

He said the Katchi Abadis and villages would be regularised after proper checks of records of the ownership rights achieved before 1987.

Dr Gul Magsi said a survey conducted by his department showed 35,000 villages were with legal status. He added that the residents of all these approved villages would start getting Sanads (record of rights) during the current month.

He said he had directed two of his department’s officials to visit all districts of the province and supervise the handing over of ownership rights to genuine occupants of the land. However, he added that illegally occupied villages built after the year 1987 would be reclaimed by the government.

He said that in future all government lands would be cancelled if the buyers violated the original purpose of the allotted lands.

Earlier, the minister visited government lands in Dhabeji and Gharo which have been allegedly occupied illegally.

Sindh Adviser Syed Aijaz Ali Shah Shirazi, District Nazim Syed Shafqat Hussain Shah Shirazi, District Coordination Officer Muhammad Usman Panhwar, officials of the revenue department and notables of the area were present on the occasion.

Source: The News