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Punjab: Pilot Project Will Be Initiated in Selected District For Audit of State Lands

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LAHORE– Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare and Chairman of the Provincial Audit Committee for State Lands Raja Basharat has said a pilot project under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) will be initiated in a selected district from each division for the audit of state lands.

He was presiding over the first meeting of the Committee for Audit of State Land Punjab in the Civil Secretariat on Thursday. In the meeting, illegal occupation lease and other issues of state lands in Punjab were reviewed.

Raja Basharat said that complete and effective audit of public lands could lead to a substantial increase in government revenue.

He said that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazar wants a quick audit of government lands. “During the audit of public lands, special scrutiny of housing schemes will be made to identify illegal housing societies on public lands”.

Earlier in the meeting, briefing on the current situation of state lands, it was informed that there are about 4.7 million acres of government land in Punjab at present, while the present government has evacuated tens of thousands acres of government land from illegal occupants.

The meeting was informed that data will be digitized after auditing public lands.— PRESS HANDOUT