Punjab revenue officials to go on mass leave from June 1 to 6

The Punjab Revenue Officers Association has decided to go on mass leave from June 1 to 6 to protest against the suspension of sub-registrars of Ludhiana (east) and Hoshiarpur and ambiguity in the government’s instructions on uncontested certificates (NOCs). ) for land registration.

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The government on Monday ordered the suspension of Ludhiana (east) sub-registrar Jeewan Kumar Garg and Hoshiarpur sub-registrar Harminder Singh on charges of registration of land transactions without the NOC. A few days ago, Zirakpur sub-registrar Harminder Singh Sidhu was also placed under suspension on similar charges.

The Department of Revenue has required NOC of a competent housing authority for the registration of state property to control illegal colonies.

The association called the political vendetta, saying the basis of suspension was wrong because there was no restriction on registering documents without NOC after November 22, 2021. Association president Gurdev Singh Dham said that confusion about the NOC since 2018 reigns, but the government has not issued a clarification despite requests.

“Last week, the Finance Commissioner (Revenue) issued another set of instructions that was a repetition of old ones. It is against the public interest that all sales / transfer deeds, including those from villages up to 1,000 meters, are prohibited. “The government has suffered the least and has not tried to understand the coercion of the public and officials of revenue,” he said, adding that it was difficult to convince or dissuade real landowners who come for registration of their properties.

He said it was the responsibility of the Punjab Urban Development Authority and civic agencies to control illegal colonies, but the tax was levied only on the Department of Revenue. The revenue officials had no way of knowing if the land they were registering fell into a legal or illegal colony, he added.

“There was no bar for registration of lots between December 2019 and July 2021. For some period it was restricted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, but again all registrations were allowed with some exceptions by speaking orders of the FCR on 22 November 2021 .. The court of its order of 04.04.2022 did not set aside the order of 22.11.2021, so there was no bar for registration with or without NOC, “said Dham.

He said a number of letters were written to the government, including the prime minister, to clear the air, but it responded by passing random orders of suspension to officers.

He said the revenue officials had no choice but to go on mass leave to hear their point.

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