Provincial Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Local Government & Community Development (LG&CD) Raja Basharat has stressed for devising a transparent and open policy to lease out the state lands in future in order to bring maximum revenue to the Government exchequer. He stated it while presiding over a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Business at Civil Secretariat on Tuesday. Provincial ministers Sibtain Khan, Raja Yasir Hamayun, Mohsin Laghari and Hasnain Bahadur Dreshak and officers of concerned departments were also present. The meeting was held to review proposed amendments in the Punjab Lease Policy for state lands.The house unanimously decided that in future all leases and sale of state land would be made through open auction and the steps would be taken to enhance the existing rent of leased out state lands at par with the present market rates. Raja Basharat directed the concerned departments to ensure 100 percent recovery of arrears from the lessees and also scrutinize the status of charitable organizations occupying state lands on lease since years. He also desired to decrease the period of lease to maximum three years. The Minister Law sought a complete report from the Board of Revenue stating that how many Lumbardars in Punjab had been given proprietary rights of Lumbardari grants. He ordered to stop any kind of privatization of state lands until the Punjab Privatization Board is revived.