Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday deferred decisions on action to be taken against the encroachers of government land in and around Munnar and officials who aided them.

The Cabinet, which considered the issue on the basis of a High Court order directing action, decided that the Cabinet subcommittee dealing with the subject should first discuss and recommend on action to be taken urgently. The LDF State Committee would also meet in between to arrive at a consensus.

Replying to questions from the media on the Cabinet decisions, the Chief Minister brushed aside opposition to eviction of encroachers from the local units of the CPI(M). “It is not a single party but a Left Democratic Front of six or seven parties which is ruling the State. The policies of the ruling government will be implemented in Munnar."

Mr. Achuthanandan added that in the light of the Court order, the government had decided to evict the encroachers and take action against the officials who aided them.

Mr. Achuthanandan said all issues connected to the encroachments including the shifting of the Idukki collector was to be considered by the subcommittee. The Cabinet did not take up individual issues such as the proposal for transfer of nearly 18,000 acres of land taken over by the government under the Kannan Devan Hills (Resumption) Act to the Forest Department.

(The Chief Minister had in the past opposed the transfer on the ground that it would hinder government plans for distribution of title deeds to the poor and use of the land for other official purposes.)

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