Chandigarh: Haryana government on Friday asked all Deputy Commissioners in the state to ensure that village common lands were freed of encroachment.

In a written communication, Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery said the common lands were reserved or earmarked for other common purposes, vested in Gram Panchayats, as per the provisions of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulations) Act,1961.

He said in some villages, lands reserved for such purposes have been or were being encroached upon. Such lands are meant for use of inhabitants of the village and should not be allowed to be encroached upon by any person or group, he said.

(Agencies)

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