Punjab

PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES ENACTMENT OF PUNJAB SLUM DWELLERS (PROPRIETARY RIGHTS) ACT 2020

February 26, 2020 10:20 PM

• ALSO OKAYS NEW LEGISLATION FOR MANAGEMENT & TRANSFER OF MUNICIPAL PROPERTIES

Chandigarh (Face2News)

To address the basic needs of the slums dwellers and to ensure holistic growth of the urban areas in the State, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave approval to enact 'The Punjab Slum Dwellers (Proprietary Rights) Act, 2020.

Disclosing this here today, a Spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the management of slums in the urban areas of the state was an area of major concern for the sustainable growth of the cities. Further, the state government was committed to providing basic civic amenities and propriety rights to slum dwellers, as also to the other residents of the state. The said legislation would be instrumental in ensuring all-round development of urban areas, besides providing basic civic amenities to the slum dwellers.

The council of ministers felt that multipronged efforts were required to improve the quality of life of the people living in the slums for their overall development, as well as of the city or town in which the slums are situated.

Notably, several slums have unathorisedly come up in the state in recent decades. Being under unauthorized occupation, these slums do not ensure civic amenities to the slum dwellers. The measures for the rehabilitation and/or eviction of the slum dwellers from the land under unauthorized occupation has resulted in litigation in various courts of law, extending through years of legal battles, thus defeating the very purpose of the endeavours initiated in this regard by the Local Government Department.

Meanwhile, in another development, the Cabinet gave the go-ahead to the enactment of 'The Punjab Management and Transfer of Municipal Properties Act, 2020' to ensure proper and effective management of properties.
The management of municipal properties is particularly significant in the changing times as various demands of all the stakeholders have to be harmoniously integrated.

Pertinently, the management of Municipal Properties is a key to unlocking the potential of the urban areas, as also an important aspect of optimal utilization of resources. The municipal properties have been transferred or let out in the past to allottees as well as tenants, but there has been an absence of a comprehensive legislation in this regard.
There have also been cases of unauthorised occupation of municipal properties, which have continued to be mired in disputes and litigations, further preventing the optimal utilization of the land and also resulting in to loss of revenue to the concerned municipalities.

OKAYS TABLING OF BUDGET, SUPPLEMENTARY DEMANDS FOR GRANTS ETC

The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the presentation of Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2019-20 and Budget Estimates for the year 2020-21, along with CAG audit reports for the year 2017-18, in the ongoing budget session of the Vidhan Sabha.

A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, also approved the presentation of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Audit Reports, Finance Accounts and Appropriation Accounts for the year ended March 31, 2018, in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

As per the provisions of Clause 2 of Article-151 of the Constitution of India, these documents and reports are mandatorily to be tabled in the State Assembly during the Budget Session.

CAG has already forwarded authenticated copies of Audit Reports (Revenue, State Finances, PSUs and Non-PSUs) of the Government of Punjab for the year 2017-18, to the state government for tabling these reports in the State Assembly.

Further, in accordance with the provisions contained in Clause (3) of Article 203 of the Constitution of India, the Cabinet also gave approval to present the Supplementary Demands for Grants of the Government of Punjab for the year 2019-20. Further, it gave the go-ahead for presenting the Budget Estimates of the Government of Punjab for the year 2020-21 in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in the current Budget Session, in pursuance of the provisions contained in Clause (1) of Article 204 read with Article 206 of the Constitution of India. 

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