Mumbai: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday asked people illegally occupying government or panchayat land to vacate and hand the same over to authorities by May 31.
He further warned of taking action against violators if such land is not voluntarily surrendered.
The Punjab CM reiterated his government’s commitment to getting illegally occupied land vacated.
“I appeal to those who have illegally occupied government or panchayat land, even if they are politicians, officials or influential people, to leave the illegal possession by May 31,” Mann said in a tweet.
In a statement issued later, he said that if the illegally occupied land was not surrendered voluntarily, the government would have to file FIRs against such people and also make them pay previous liabilities accrued on account of the illegal possession.
Hailing the CM’s statement, AAP state chief spokesperson Malwinder Singh Kang said the Punjab government is fully committed to protecting the capital, resources and assets of Punjab.
“Illegal occupation from all resources will be removed so that the rule of law can be restored in the state,” he said at a press conference after the chief minister warned people to remove illegal encroachments within this month.
Kang alleged that during the previous governments, panchayat and government land and other resources were looted and the situation was so bad that no political leader was ready to give up government houses, pensions and illegally occupied land.