With just 10 per cent success in resolving the revenue cases in November, the financial commissioners appointed by Punjab government at state and divisional levels have a major task ahead. An official spokesperson said on Friday, as many as 140 cases were disposed of by the financial commissioner revenue (FCR) at state level and 146 cases by the divisional commissioners.
The spokesperson added that a total of 72 cases out of total 326 cases have been disposed of by FCR, including the cases dating back to the year 2007 which amounts to an attractive to 22 per cent disposal rate in a month. Similarly, at divisional level in November, the court of Divisional Commissioner, Patiala registered 7.29 per cent disposal rate by deciding 86 out of 1179 cases. But, with the State Financial Commissioner courts cumulative disposal rate being 5.15 per cent and the Divisional Commissioner courts cumulative disposal rate being a meagre 2.89 per cent, government is mulling over fixing a time frame for the disposal of cases, added the spokesperson. “Consistent efforts are afoot for effective disposal of pending revenue cases and the court proceedings are being conducted on regular basis for their speedy disposal,” added the official spokesperson.
It was also informed that in wake of staggering pendency of revenue cases and their tardy disposal rate, chief minister (CM) has desired orientation of the revenue courts for speedy disposal. The revenue department has expedited the disposal of cases mainly those pertaining to land transfer, demarcation, partition, mutation, khasragirdawari, lambardari, surplus new act cases, stamp act(47-A) and miscellaneous appeal cases. A special meeting has been slated for 19 December, under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Punjab, to take stalk of the situation and have a detailed review of working of quasi-judicial courts, it was added.
Meanwhile, FCR, VinniMahajan, said, “The slow motion syndrome is lethal to speedy justice. Reducing the shelf life of every case that is filed before the court is a must for the benefit of general public. Without a robust and an efficient justice and grievance redressal system, the aim of bringing the case institution and pendency figures in close proximity, would be a far-off peak.”
FCR appreciated the role of lawyers who were very supportive and worked in tandem with the court for the swift disposal of revenue cases.It is anticipated that revenue officials found reluctant or unwilling to help the revenue courts in the disposal of cases would immediately be proceeded against under the relevant laws. Non-adherence to the time limit would be deemed as inefficiency in terms of relevant service rules of government servants and duly reflected in the personal dossier of the officer concerned.