Lumberdari Grants restored
LAHORE: The government of Punjab has decided to allocate 456,000 acres of state land to 38,000 loggers across the province, The News has learned.
According to sources, 38,000 Lumberdars will be restored and each will be allocated 12 acres of land. The provincial agriculture minister ordered the relevant authority to issue orders for the allocation of 12 acres of land to every logger in the province.
The Lumberdari system was reinvigorated by restoring the Lumberdari Grants. Lamberdars perform 22 important functions under the law, such as assisting in the reclamation of state land, ensuring enrollment in schools, assisting in disaster management, etc.
In this regard, a meeting of the Punjab Lumberdar Association was held under the chairmanship of the Provincial Minister of Agriculture and the President of the Punjab Lumberdar Association, Syed Hussain Jahanian Gerdezi, at the Civil Secretariat on Tuesday. Provincial Minister of Culture and Colonies Khayal Ahmad Kastro, MPA Adil Pervaiz Gujjar and SMBR Punjab Babar Hayat also attended the meeting. The provincial Minister of Agriculture said that the effective role of the loggers had been realized to help the government and the general public; therefore, institutionalization is underway in this regard. It is important to activate the Lumberdars for the transfer and division of inherited lands.
Lumberdars services could be hired for corona vaccination, polio vaccination and for keeping the peace in Muharram in remote areas. The role of the Lumberdars is very important in the digital recoveries of Abiyana, in the management of the Gardwari system and in the collection of the agricultural tax. The minister said permission could be granted for the waiver of honorary weapon license fees for a 12 caliber pistol from each Lumberdar for the assurance of the safety of their lives and property.
He indicated that the conditions of 50 inheritance numbers and 50 qualifying numbers could be set with regard to their recruitment. Provincial Culture and Colonies Minister Khayal Ahmad Kastro said Prime Minister Imran Khan would meet with the Lumberdars shortly and resolve their issues. SMBR Punjab Babar Hayat Tarar said 5,000 Patwaris would be recruited into the Punjab Revenue Department.