A. Shajahan relinquished office as Kollam District Collector on Monday.

The last file he signed related to the identification of five acres of land at Palliman in Nedumbana grama panchayat for housing the proposed mass communications centre that is funded by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Mr. Shajahan said this while addressing a send-off accorded to him by the Kollam Press Club on Monday.

He said the file had been forwarded to the State government. The land would be formally allocated for the centre after the government issued orders.

As Mr. Shajahan is taking over as the Rural Development Commissioner, he will be in charge of realising the project for the centre. Once commissioned, the centre will operate in association with the Education Department.

He also spoke about the problem in starting the English and Foreign Languages Institute at Thingalkarikkam in Kulathupuzha grama panchayat. The hurdle was in allocating 50 acres of land for the institute from 90 acres in the possession of the government. The entire land was meant for the Adivasis.

The government had now identified alternative land for the Adivasis. Of the 40 acres that remained after allocation of land for the institute, 13.5 acres had been allocated for a model residential school for Adivasi children and 26 acres for the Chengara landless.

Press Club president A. Vijayan presented a memento to Mr. Shajahan and club secretary M.K. Suresh welcomed the gathering.

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