The Punjab Government has decided to allot land in occupation and cultivation of small and marginal farmers for more than 12 years to such farmers against a reasonable pre-determined price.
A decision to this effect was taken on Wednesday by the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The cabinet approved the Punjab (Welfare And Settlement of Small and Marginal Farmers) Allotment of State Government Land Bill, 2020, thus ensuring protection of the interests of both the farmers and the state government. This farmer-friendly step would also go a long way toward settling pending litigations on this count.
The previous SAD-BJP government had, in 2016, enacted the Punjab Allotment of State Government Land Act 2016 (Punjab Act No. 54 of 2016) but not a single parcel of land was allotted to farmers under this Act. The incumbent government has thus decided to amend the law as a one-time welfare measure for small and marginal farmers.