Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash has said that Harrisons Malayalam Ltd. (HML) is misleading the High Court regarding the surrender of surplus land in its possession by providing fabricated documents.

Speaking to presspersons after attending a district-level pre-revenue-adalat here on Thursday, Mr. Adoor Prakash said the government had to resume as much as 298.57 acres of excess land out of the 12,675 acres possessed by HML in Wayanad district alone as per an affidavit produced by the company at the High Court on August 6.

But, the revenue officials could retrieve only 15 acres of land so far since many of the survey numbers identified by the company at the court were fabricated and those survey numbers belonged to the forest land. “There is no compromise in this issue,” Mr. Prakash said, adding that the government would convince the court about the distortion.

e-registration

The e- registration, a pilot project being implemented by the government by coordinating the works of the Revenue and Registration Departments in select villages in the State, had proved a success and it would be extended to more villages this year, the Minister said. The project was launched to simplify many land-related processes such as ‘pokkuvaravu’ (commutation).

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would inaugurate the actual project soon. Good Service Entry would be awarded to the selected revenue personnel, from the rank of village officer to the District Collector, for their excellence work, Mr. Prakash said. As a part of it, February 24 would be observed as Revenue Day, the Minister added.

There were 2,33,232 landless families in the State and the policy of the government was to provide at least three cents of land to each family by the end of 2015, Mr. Praksah said. His department was trying to identify excess land and surplus land in order to provide land to one lakh families before August 15, 2013. After the pre-revenue-adalats, a meeting of the District Collectors would be convened to expedite the procedure, the Minister said.

District Collector K. Gopalakrishna Bhatt and Sub Collector Veena S. Madhavan also attended the programme.


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