Bahawalpur: The Punjab Board of Revenue (BoR) will soon announce a schedule to invite new applicants for land allotment in Cholistan, according to news sources. The Cholistan Development Authority Managing Director (MD) Rana Muhammad Aslam made an announcement in this regard.
He revealed that in the Punjab Cabinet’s meeting last month, all previously received 54,115 applications sent by farmers for land allotment under the Chief Minister’s Cholistan Package had been declared null and void. This figure includes 15,228 scrutinised applications for land in the desert areas of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan districts.
MD Aslam said that as per the cabinet’s minutes of the meeting, 27,694 lots of 12.5 acres of land have been defined, and are to be distributed among the applicants. He also added that the cabinet has formed seven committees to scrutinise the incoming applications.
MD Aslam told the source, that in these seven committees, four are to scrutinise applications from Bahawalpur, two from Rahim Yar Khan, and one from Bahawalnagar. Respective assistant commissioners will be heading these committees, and the members will include one official each from the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), forest department, the lambardar community, and the revenue office. The cabinet also decided to include the irrigation department in these scrutiny committees, which is an unprecedented step.
Mr Aslam said Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) will conduct balloting by digital means to ensure transparency in the land allotment process.