PUNJAB LAND RECORDS AUTHORITY ACT 2017
(Act VI of 2017)
[13 February 2017]
An Act to provide for the establishment of
the Punjab Land Records Authority for reform and modernization of the system
of land records.
It is necessary to establish the Punjab Land
Records Authority to reform and modernize the system of land records, to
improve the land records service delivery; to contribute to long lasting
tenure security; and, to deal with ancillary matters.
Be it enacted by the Provincial Assembly of
the Punjab as follows:
1. Short title, extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Land Records Authority Act 2017.
(2) It extends to whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come into force at once.
(1) In this Act:
Record Centre” means an office, service centre
or facility established or notified in terms of section 17 of the Act;
“Assistant Commissioner” means an
officer of the Government appointed as Assistant Commissioner under section
10 of the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1967 (XVII of 1967);
“Assistant Director Land Records” means
an employee of the Authority designated as such at an
Arazi Record Centre and includes such other employee as the Director
General may designate to act as Assistant Director Land Records;
“Authority” means the Punjab Land
Records Authority established under section 3 of the Act;
“Board” means the Board constituted
under section 6 of the Act;
Revenue” means Punjab Board of Revenue established under the Punjab Board of
Revenue Act, 1957 (XI of 1957);
“Chairperson” means the Chairperson of
“Commissioner” means an officer of the
Government appointed as Commissioner under section 8 of the Punjab Land
Revenue Act, 1967 (XVII of 1967);
“Director General” means a person
appointed as Director General under section 9 of the Act;
“District Collector” means an officer
of the Government appointed as the Collector of the District under section 8
of the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1967 (XVII of 1967);
“employee” means any person in the
employment and service of the Authority;
“Fund” means the Punjab Land Records
Authority Fund established under section 21 of the Act;
“Government” means Government of the
(n) “Land records” includes any information
in electronic, digital or computerized form in relation to land or
(o) “Land Record Officer” means an employee
of the Authority designated as such for an Arazi
Record Centre and includes such other employee as the Director General may
designate to act as Land Record Officer;
(p) “member” means
a member of the Board;
(q) “PMU” means the Project Management Unit,
Land Records Management and Information Systems, Board of Revenue, Punjab;
means prescribed by the rules or regulations;
mean the regulations framed under the Act; and
mean the rules made under the Act.
(2) A word or
expression used in the Act but not defined shall have the same meaning as
assigned to it under the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1967 (XVII of 1967)
or the rules made under that Act.
PUNJAB LAND RECORDS AUTHORITY
3. The Authority.–
(1) The Government shall, by notification, establish an Authority to be
called the Punjab Land Records Authority for carrying out purposes of the
Authority shall be a body corporate, having perpetual succession and a
common seal, with power to enter into agreements, acquire and hold property,
both movable and immovable, and may, by the said name, sue and
4. Principal Office.–
The principal office of the Authority shall be at Lahore, and it may
establish regional offices at such other place or places in the Punjab as it
5. Functions of the
The Authority shall:
for implementing this Act;
and maintain land records;
strategies, policies and plans for the management of land records;
and prompt services to the public;
develop a human
resource management system for effective discharge of the functions under
Government on matters relating to improvement and modernization of land
cooperation and coordination with other Government departments, including
foreign organizations and international inter-governmental organizations, on
its own or on behalf of the Government;
lay down the
administrative, financial, legal and technical framework including the
information technology based land records management and related services;
recommend to the
Government draft policies and procedures for coordination with all other
Government departments, including the Board of Revenue, for smooth operation
of the activities under the Act;
revenue models and sources of revenue for provision of services under the
provide for the
computerization of the record-of-rights or part thereof or any other land
related document, preparation of the computerized land record and its
maintenance, in respect of each estate, in collaboration with the Board of
Arazi Record Centres,
maintain and operate such Centres and provide
for monitoring the performance of Arazi Record
the Board of Revenue for preparation of computerized land record of any area
in respect of which no record-of-rights exists or the existing
records-of-rights requires special revision;
receive, deposit, utilize and refund fees and charges;
administer and monitor contracts of any nature;
pass its annual
budget containing the estimated receipts and expenditures;
independent auditors to undertake the audit of accounts of the Authority;
enter into public
private partnership arrangements for purposes of carrying out any of its
functions and activities;
(s) designate any
place or facility for provision of land records or part thereof; and
such other functions as are incidental or consequential to any of the
6. The Board.–
(1) The management and administration of the Authority shall vest in the
Board and the Board may perform functions of the Authority by itself or
through the employees of the Authority as may be prescribed.
(2) The Board shall consist of the
Chairperson who shall be appointed by the Chief Minister and the following
Board of Revenue; Member
Board of Revenue; Member
five members to
be nominated by
(3) The Director
General shall act as Secretary of the Board.
(4) The tenure of
members, other than ex officio members, shall be three years, unless
sooner terminated under section 8 of the Act.
(5) No act or
proceeding of the Board shall be invalid by reason only of the existence of
a vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Board.
(6) The Chief
Minister may alter or modify the composition of the Board.
7. Meetings of the
The meetings of the Board shall be presided over by the Chairperson or in
his absence by a member nominated by the Chairperson, or if no such
nomination is made, by a member elected for that meeting by the members
(2) Seven members
of the Board shall constitute the quorum for a meeting of the Board.
(3) Subject to
subsection (4), the meetings of the Board shall be held at such time and
place as the Chairperson may determine.
(4) The Director
General shall call a meeting of the Board as and when directed by the
Chairperson or on a request in writing by at least one third of the members
of the Board or on receipt of any reference from the Government for placing
the matter before the Board.
(5) The Board
shall take decision by majority of its members present and voting and, in
case of a tie, the person presiding the meeting shall have a casting vote.
(6) The Director
General shall maintain a record of the minutes of all the meetings
highlighting the proceedings and the decisions taken by the Board.
(7) The Director
General shall submit the minutes of a meeting to the person who presided
that meeting for approval.
8. Removal of
(1) The Chief Minister may remove a member, other than ex officio
member, if he:
by the court as an insane person; or
is found guilty
of misconduct or found acting against the interest of the Authority; or
by a court on charges of corrupt practice, moral turpitude or misuse of
power or authority under any law; or
is absent from
three consecutive meetings of the Board and is unable to justify his
is recommended to be removed by at least three
fourth of the total members of the Board.
(2) A member may
resign by tendering resignation in writing to the Board.
9. Director General.–
shall be a Director General of the Authority who shall be appointed by the
(2) The Director
General shall, unless sooner removed or repatriated in the prescribed
manner, hold office for three years or for such further period as the Chief
Minister may, on the recommendations of the Board, determine.
(3) The Director
General shall be paid such remuneration and allowances and shall be entitled
to such privileges and facilities as the Board may determine but which shall
not be less favourable than his emoluments in
the basic pay scale prior to his appointment, and the same shall not be
varied to his disadvantage during his term of office.
(4) The Director
General shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority and shall be
responsible for the day to day administration of the affairs of the
Authority and shall exercise such powers and functions as may be prescribed
or assigned to him by the Authority.
10. Appointment of
officers and staff.–
(1) The Authority may appoint such employees as it considers necessary for
the performance of its functions on such terms and conditions as may be
(2) Subject to
the terms and conditions of appointment, the Authority may, at any time,
terminate the services of an employee by serving thirty days’ prior notice
or on payment of thirty days salary in lieu of the notice.
Appointment by transfer.– (1) The
Government may, on the request of the Authority, transfer the services of an
employee to the Authority on the terms and conditions which shall not be
less favourable than those admissible to him
immediately before his transfer to the Authority.
(2) An employee
transferred under subsection (1) shall continue to be the employee of the
Government, liable to be transferred back to the Government unless, with the
consent of the employee and approval of the Government, he is absorbed in
the service of the Authority in such manner and on such terms and conditions
as may be prescribed.
The Board may, on such conditions and limitations as it may deem fit to
impose, delegate any of the functions or powers of the Authority to a
member, the Director General, or any of the employees of the Authority
except the power to:
audited accounts of the Authority;
amend or repeal Regulations;
the proposed rules;
the annual budget;
the terms and conditions of service of the Director General and other
employees of the Authority; and
Directors and Additional Directors.
13. Assignment of
may assign such functions and responsibilities to the Commissioners,
District Collectors and Assistant Commissioners as it may deem necessary to
fulfill the purposes of this Act.
LAND RECORDS AND ARAZI RECORD CENTRES
14. Preparation of
The Authority shall, in the prescribed manner, prepare, amend and keep the
included in land records.–
The Authority shall specify the documents forming part of record-of-rights
which are to be computerized, and such computerization shall be done in such
form and manner as may be prescribed.
16. Presumption in
favour of land records.–
The land records including the computerized land records managed and
maintained by the Authority shall be presumed to be true until the contrary
is proved or a new entry is lawfully substituted therefor.
Arazi Record Centres.–
(1) The Authority shall establish one or more Arazi
Record Centres in each tehsil and may also
designate any place or facility notified as such to provide such services as
may be prescribed.
(2) The Authority
may establish offices or deploy human resource for the transmission of land
records maintained by any other body established under law.
18. Mutation Fee and
(1) The Authority may levy such fee or charges for provision of services as
may be prescribed.
(2) The Authority
may collect on behalf of the Government, authorities or other entities, such
fee and charges as may be prescribed and shall transfer the amount so
recovered to the Government or, as the case may be, to the authorities or
REVIEW AND REVISION
19. Appeal, Review and Revision.–
The provisions of Chapter XIII of the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1967 (XVII of
1967) shall mutatis mutandis apply to an appeal, review or revision
filed in respect of the Land Records prepared under this Act.
20. Correction and
Updation of the Land Records.– Any
correction or updation required to be
incorporated in the Land Records shall be made and incorporated under the
orders of relevant authorities and in the manner provided under different
enactments, rules and regulations relating to the correction and
updation of the land records, promulgated,
approved and issued by the Competent Authorities as envisaged under the
relevant provisions of the law, rules and regulations related to Land
(1) The Authority shall establish a Fund to be known as the Punjab Land
Records Authority Fund which shall vest in the Authority.
(2) The Fund
shall consist of:
budgetary releases from the Government;
grants made by the Government;
moneys received from the Federal
Government or any other agency by way of grants;
donations by persons or association of
fees or charges collected and profits
earned by the Authority;
all other sums which may in any manner
become payable to or vested in the Authority; and
any other source.
(3) The Authority
shall keep, maintain and spend the Fund in the prescribed manner.
(4) In case of
any surplus amount in the Fund, the Board may invest any amount in such
manner as may be prescribed.
General shall prepare or cause to be prepared the annual budget consisting
of the expected income and expense for the ensuing financial year and submit
it to the Board, in such form and manner as may be prescribed, for approval.
23. Accounts and
(1) The Authority shall maintain proper accounts and other records relating
to its financial affairs including, its income and expenditure and its
assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.
(2) After the end
of a financial year, the Authority shall prepare the statements of account
which shall include a balance-sheet and an account of income and expenditure
during the last financial year.
(3) The Authority
shall maintain on regular basis a list of all its assets till the date of
closing of the financial year.
(4) The Auditor
General of Pakistan shall annually audit the accounts of the Authority.
Government may, in addition to the audit under subsection (4), cause the
accounts of the Authority to be annually audited by a Chartered Accountant
or a firm of Chartered Accountants and, at any time, appoint a Chartered
Accountant or a firm of Chartered Accountants, to conduct an additional
external audit of the accounts of the Authority and submit its report to the
(6) The Authority
shall produce all books of accounts and documents and furnish such
explanation and information as an auditor may require for purposes of audit.
24. Bank Accounts.–
The Authority may open and maintain its accounts in a scheduled bank as may
be prescribed, and until so prescribed, as the Authority may determine.
25. Public servants.–
The Chairperson, members, Director General, Additional Directors
General, employees and other persons authorized to perform any function
under this Act or render services to the Authority as agents, advisors or
consultants shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning
of section 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (XLV of 1860).
No prosecution, suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the
Authority, Chairperson, members, Director General, employees and other
persons authorized to perform any function under this Act or render services
to the Authority as agents, advisors or consultants for anything done in
good faith for carrying out the purposes of the Act, rules or regulations.
27. Directions by the
The Government may, from time to time, give such directions relating to
policy matters to the Authority and the Authority shall implement the
28. Act to override
The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything to the
contrary contained in any other law.
The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for
carrying out the purposes of this Act.
Subject to this Act and the rules, the Authority may frame regulations to
give effect to the provisions of the Act.
(1) On notification of the Authority;
all assets and properties in possession of the
PMU shall stand transferred to the Authority;
all the Arazi Record
Centres established for the land records by the
PMU shall be deemed to have been established as Arazi
Record Centres under this Act;
the land records prepared and maintained by the
PMU shall be deemed to have been prepared and maintained under the Act;
all suits and other legal proceedings instituted
by or against the PMU before its dissolution shall be deemed to be suits and
proceedings by or against the Authority;
(e) notwithstanding anything contained in
any other law or policy for the time being in force, all persons presently
working in the PMU and at all Arazi Record
Centres shall be deemed to be the employees of
the Authority on the terms and conditions contained in their contracts, and
shall be adjusted against positions created in the Authority, in the manner
(f) Assistant Directors Land Records and
Land Record Officers sanctioned in the Directorate of Land Records, Punjab
shall stand transferred to the Authority on the same terms and conditions as
envisaged in their contracts and shall be deemed to be adjusted against the
positions created in the Authority and shall be eligible for all benefits in
Authority available for similar or equal posts in the manner prescribed.
(2) All orders,
notifications, instructions or standard operating procedures in force
pertaining to or in any way concerned with or affecting the PMU immediately
before the establishment of the Authority, shall, so far as they are not
inconsistent with any of the provisions of this Act, continue to be in force
until superseded by the rules or regulations.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Punjab Rented Premises Act, 2009 (VII of
2009), all the immovable properties including any site or building obtained
on rent for purposes of the PMU shall be deemed to have been obtained in the
name of the Authority, and the Authority shall be deemed to be the tenant of
such premises and shall be liable to make payment of the agreed rent in
terms of the relevant agreement.
32. Removal of
If any difficulty arises in giving effect to or applying the provisions of
this Act or the rules, the Government may, within two years, make such
order, not inconsistent with the Act or the rules, as may be necessary for
removal of such difficulty.
The Punjab Land Records Authority
Ordinance, 2016 (XVIII of 2016) is hereby repealed.