Special Correspondent

Following instances of illegal transfer or sale of properties by lessees

  • Government land with Tata Tea to be surveyed
  • Panel to study quota demand of Nadar community

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Government has decided to constitute a special team of officials to have all expired deeds on government land either renewed or the holdings under such deeds recovered from the lessees, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said.

    Briefing the media after the weekly Cabinet meeting here on Wednesday, Mr. Achuthanandan said Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran would constitute the team immediately. The Government had taken note of certain instances of illegal transfer or sale of such properties by some lessees. The Government would act in such cases, based on the team's report.

    He said the Government land with Tata Tea Company would be surveyed as directed by the Kerala High Court [to determine whether it was true that the company was holding with it more land than was in the records]. The Idukki Collector had been asked to initiate the survey work. Expenditure Secretary Aswini Kumar Rai would supervise the work and get it finished within six months.

    The Cabinet also decided to bring in an ordinance to extent by three months the time allowed to elected representatives of local bodies to declare their wealth.

    Another decision taken at the Cabinet meeting pertained to the demand of the Nadar community for reservation benefits. A Cabinet sub-committee, consisting of Ministers M. Vijayakumar, C. Divakaran and A.K. Balan, would discuss the issues related to the demand with the parties concerned and report to the Cabinet.

    Mr. Achuthanandan said the Government had come across several grave irregularities in the implementation of the World Bank-aided Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP). The KSTP had been asked to prepare a compressive report on these within a week's time.

    The Chief Minister said he would discuss the issues related to the proposed transhipment port at Vizhinjam with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on November 29.

    (The Centre had denied political clearance for the project since the contract for executing it was taken by a consortium having Chinese companies in it.)

    More In: Today's Paper