The Punjab government on Thursday said the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for purchase and sale of property will be issued in 15 days instead of 21 days at present. To avoid disputes and litigation during purchase and sale of property, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema and Revenue Minister Brahm Shanker Jhimpa, while presiding over a meeting here, decided to reduce the NOC issuance process from 21 days to 15 working days, official announcement.

On Cheema’s proposal, it was also decided that NOCs would be issued in five working days under the Tatkal scheme for the convenience of NRIs and other such persons who need it at short notice.

The Finance Minister said that under Tatkal, NRIs or those persons who cannot spare more time will be able to get this facility in five days by paying an additional fee.

Meanwhile, the cabinet ministers have also decided to provide a login id and password to sub-registrars of the revenue department to verify the genuineness of NOCs during registration.

This will help to fix the responsibility of the concerned officer in case of any registration done with fake NOC. This would also help in speeding up the process of registering criminal cases against fraud, the statement said.

The meeting also decided to issue new licenses to the acts for the convenience of the people.

Along with this, it was also requested to ensure that every deed writer should display the instructions issued by the Punjab government from time to time for the information of property sellers and buyers and the concerned ‘Tehsildars’ (Revenue Officers) to ensure the same by conducting random checks.

During the meeting, it was also decided that the list of all authorized colonies across the state will be published on the departmental websites of revenue, housing and local government to inform people about the authorized and unauthorized residential colonies.

The Minister of Finance directed the senior officials from these departments in the next meeting to submit proposals for solving other issues facing the property registration process so that decisions can be made immediately for the convenience of the citizens.

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