All you need to know about the Punjab Governments ‘Mission Lal Lakir’

Last Friday (February 26th), the Punjab cabinet took a historic decision which has the potential of helping huge rural population of the state. Punjab cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, approved the implementation of ‘Mission Lal Lakir’ in all the villages across the state.

‘Mission Lal Lakir’ under which the villagers living within the abaadi (habitation) will now be able to get their land registered with the revenue department. This will help them monetise their un-used lands to secure loans from the banks.

Earlier, in absence of available records of these properties lying within the ‘Lal Lakir’ or the ‘abaadi’, there was no way to monetise or get the real value of the property through sale or mortgage. The villagers could only sell their properties through power of attorney route and there was no way the sale deed could be registered. Because of this lacuna, the villagers could not get the right valuations and were forced to sell their properties at throw-away prices. With approval of ‘Mission Lal Lakir’, all this is set to change as villagers will be able to unlock the real value.

‘Mission Lal Lakir’ envisages joining hands with the Government of India (GOI) under which the right of record of properties in the Punjab villages will be prepared under SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme. This will be a comprehensive exercise where mapping will be done for all the lands, houses, ponds, streets and all other areas falling under ‘Lal Lakir’.

This will also help identification of illegal possessions/encroachments due to non-availability of record to maintain these assets. On behest of the CM, the SVAMITVA scheme will be handled by Revenue & Rehabilitation Department across the state of Punjab.

This landmark decision will restore the property rights of rightful owners and instill a sense of pride in them. Not only this, this will help them sell or mortgage their properties and get a fair market value, which otherwise, had been locked since independence. These villagers only had the right to live or use the property but they did not have the title of the property. This historic decision will go a long way in improving the standard of living of the people of rural Punjab.

What is Lal Dora all about?

This system was started by the Britishers in 1908. The purpose was to demarcate fields from the residential areas. All the residential areas and other non-agriculture lands were segregated by red lines in the land record maps. The abaadi areas that lied within the red lines or Lal Lakir were called as Lal Dora.

This landmark decision will restore the property rights of rightful owners. This will help them sell or mortgage their properties and get a fair market value, which would translate into overall prosperity across the state of Punjab.

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