Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Ritesh Chauhan asked Bhakra Dam oustees and their successors to file applications by June 20 with details of the government land encroached upon by them in Bilaspur. This has been necessitated due to the High Court order of October 19, which has asked the state government to come to the court with a “special policy” by July 4 regarding the encroachments of the oustees in Bilaspur after the government pleaded that it was inclined to form such a policy due to the special circumstances of the oustees here and to separate this issue from that of other encroachments in the state. All-Party Bhakra Oustees Rights Protection Committee has hailed government step and called it first positive step towards the permanent solution. The committee has urged all oustees to file their applications by due date.