Shimla: Thakur Gulab Singh PWD and Revenue Minister Himachal Pradesh, while presiding a review meeting of the department of Land Consolidation, said that the State government was filling up posts of as many as 249 patwaris in the State adding that out of which 100 posts will be filled up by direct recruitment whereas the remaining 149 on secondment basis. He said that it would go a long way in bringing about better functioning in the department.
The Minister said that 18 posts of patwaris in Shimla district, 42 in Kangra, 40 in Mandi, 11 each in Una and Solan, 8 each in Chamba and Hamirpur, 4 in Bilaspur and 2 posts in Kullu district would be filled up on secondment basis whereas 17 posts of patwaris in Kangra district, 26 in Mandi, 12 in Shimla, 7 each in Una, Solan, Chamba and Hamirpur districts, 6 in Sirmaur, 5 in Kinnaur, 3 in Lahaul & Spiti, 2 in Kullu and one in Bilaspur district would be filled through direct recruitment. He said that all Deputy Commissioners have been directed to post the patwaris forthwith in the Patwar Circles with vacant posts in their respective district.
Thakur Gulab singh said that to strengthen the Railway network in the State 5 Patwaris have been sent on secondment basis to expedite land acquisition work. He said that the case of filling up the total 78 vacant posts of patwaris would be sent to Finance department so that it could be placed before the cabinet for final approval. He said that 80 Kanungos, 18 Naib Tehsildars and 7 Tehsildars have been posted in the Consolidation department on secondment basis following its declaration as ‘Dying Cadre’.
The Revenue Minister further stated that a budgetary provision of Rs 524 lac (which Rs. 23 lac over and above the last financial year) has been made for residential facility in each Patwar and Kanungo circle across the State which would also ensure protection of revenue records. he said that Rs 8 crore have been sanctioned for the construction of a building in the Revenue Training Institute Jogindernagar and the work is going on war-footing.
Thakur said that a provision of Rs 429 lac has been for a Pilot Project meant for survey work through satellite in Sirmour district adding that Rs 214 lac have been released in the first phase. He said that one Tehsil would be chosen for starting this project on experimental basis. Shri Chaman Dilta, Assistant Settlement Officer has been appointed as a nodal officer for the project, he added.
The Minister said that ’10′Franking Machines have been set up in different departments to check selling of fake Stamp papers in the State. He said that necessary orders have been issued to ensure presence of Patwaris on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in a week in their respective Patwar Circle so that the common man does not face inconvenience for his revenue related works.
Director Land Records and Consolidation Smt. Anita Tegta detailed out the activities of the department. Kamal Sharma, Additional Director, Land Consolidation and other senior officers of the department were present in the meeting.