Chandigarh January 10:Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh
Badal today ordered to examine entire cases of land allotment
to the gallantry award winners, following the alleged cases of
discrimination in such allotments to the awardees by the
The Chief Minister here gave an assurance to this effect in a
meeting to delegation of the War Decorated India led by its
President Brigadier (retd), MVC and Bar, Sant Singh.
The delegation informed the Chief Minister that the state
government entitled PVC winner to 15 acres of land, MVC
winner to 10 acres and a Vir Chakra winner to 5 acres. In
case of non-availability of land, inadequate cash grants
have been fixed. In some cases, the district revenue
authorities wrongly intimated to an award winner that
land was not available and asked him to take the cash
grant, whereas the land was actually available and has
still been available.
A few awardees accepted the cash grant on wrong advice
of the revenue authorities. The delegation asked Badal
to order the grant of land by taking the cash grant back
after seeking a detailed report on the issue. The
delegation also urged Badal to remove an anomaly to
consider the Vir Chakra awardee senior to a Miltary
Cross, whereas the state government was paying an
allowance of Rs 7,500 per month to a MC winner and
Rs 5,500 per month to a Vir Chakra.
The delegation also demanded to incorporate a
provision in the Punjab Tenancy Act, which existed
in the erstwhile PEPSU’s Tenancy Act, and had
exempted lands owned by them from the said Act, but
there was no such provision in the existing Punjab
Further, the delegation urged the CM to incorporate
such a provision in the Punjab Act preferably for all
armed forces personnel (both serving and retired).
But in case it was not possible, it may be done for the
gallantry award winners and their widows. The Chief
Minster assured the delegation that all the issues raised
by them would be examined by the Department of
Defence Services Welfare in a time bound manner.
He also assured the delegation to look into their
demand to exempt the real estate, both residential and
commercial, owned by gallantry award winners in
particular and armed forces personnel in general from
the Punjab Rent Control Act. The Chief Minister accepted
the invitation extended by them to preside over the
triennial function of the War Decorated of India being
held at Chandigarh on March 6, 2010.
Veteran Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.