Around 13 districts out of a total of 35 in the KP province are without land record known as land settlement. These include the newly merged tribal districts. Hence, posing a serious challenge to the Revenue Department.
Official sources said that land settlement has been in the final stages in Chitral Upper and Lower. However, we have started work on the land records in Malakand in 2019 and is still underway.
Those K-P districts where they have yet to start settlement work include Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Torghar, Kohistan, Kohistan Lower, Kolai Palas, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram, North and South Waziristan.
“The Planning and Development Department has received a PC-1 to start work in Dir Lower, Dir Upper and Kalam area of Swat district.
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While government has also green-lighted start of work in tribal districts,” said the official. Furthermore, he added that we are seriously considering the proposal to start work in Torghar district.
When contacted a Revenue Department spokesperson he said that they were facing pressure from NAB to complete the settlement work soon.
“Revenue Department has started work in 24 tehsils of seven tribal districts on the settlement. We have made all the land records computerized from the day one. We have hired new patwaris as well as other staff needed. However, it will take time to complete,” he said. He added that work in Swat and Chitral Lower and Upper was in full swing.
“In the tribal districts there is no service delivery system so we have to create it first and do the rest of the work afterwards,” he informed. In addition, he said that in some settled district the record is non-computerized. We are making it computerized which is also a slow and time-consuming process.
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