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Published on Dec 10, 2010
Anjuman Muzareen Punjab is a movement of 1 million landless tenants based in villages stretching over 10 districts of the Punjab (Okara, Khanewal, Multan, Lahore, Vihari, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Pakpattan and Sheikhupura and so on). In these districts of Punjab landless tenants settled this uncultivated land with their hard labour and they have tilled the soil for over a century. In other words these tenants have been cultivating the land for four generations. The official documents state that the land belongs to the Government of Punjab. However, on these lands companies and military agencies such as the RVFC, Military Seed Corporation, Livestock Agricultural Department, and Dairy Farm, Seed Research Farm and so on are operating. These companies have been collecting revenue from the Muzareen both in kind and in money terms. According to Government of Punjab Board of Revenue the payments from the tenants to these Departments and companies are unlawful since these organizations have no legal claim over ownership or revenue generated from this land. In the past the tenants of these areas have voiced their concern but despite several proclamations they have been unable to obtain ownership rights over land that should belong to the tenants.