The Punjab Village Common Lands Regulation Act 1961
Schedule 8. Use of Shamilat deh by residents
[Sections 5 and 15(2) (g) of the Act]
(1) The land in Samilat deh declared by the panchayat by a resolution in writing as pasturable, may be utilized by the residents of the village for-
(a) grazing purposes; or
(b)collecting dry fulwood from the jungle on terms laid down by the panchayat.
(2) Open spaces near the abadi deh may, with the previous permission of the panchayat and in the manner laid down by it be utilized by the inhabitants of the village for threshing the harvests.
1[(3) All inhabitants of the village are entitled to purchase or take on lease non-cultivable Shamilat deh from the Panchayat for residential, commercial or industrial purposes, on the terms and for the period settled by the Panchayat, but all such sales or leases shall be subject to the approval of 2[the “Director of Panchayat”];
3[Provided that members of the Scheduled Castes of the village may take on lease non cultivable shamilat land near the abadi deh up to one acre for installation of Maidani Brick Kiln at the rate of one hundred rupees per annum]
(4) The Panchayat may, if necessary, earmark suitable land for use as manure pits by the inhabitants of the village on such nominal charges as may be fixed by it:
Provided that the panchayat may exempt members of Scheduled Castes or Backward Classes or any landless labourer or tenant, on the ground of Poverty from payment of such charges.