Government proposes to allot 2 cents each to landless families in State

: The Revenue Department is all set to launch an innovative programme called ‘Zero Landless programme' aimed and distributing land to the landless people and eligible persons from among the weaker sections of society.

“Kerala will be the first State in the country to launch such a programme. We consider this a revolutionary move, especially in the backdrop of conflicts in other States for land,” Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told The Hindu . He said the government proposed to allot 2 cents each to landless families, with a proviso that such land cannot be alienated for a period of 25 years. The statute will be amended to prescribe stiff punishment for illegal claims and to prevent people who have received land from submitting applications again.

He said a project team comprising the Land Revenue Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Assistant Commission for Land Assignment and the IT cell of the department, would oversee the implementation of the programme. The programme will be launched officially on February 25. The submission of application and processing would be done in 100 days. The final list of eligible landless families would be published on August 15. An estimated 3.5 lakh applications will be distributed. These forms will reach the village offices on February 29 and will be distributed from March 10. The last date for submitting filled in applications is June 18. These application forms will be verified prior to publishing the list.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said once the final list of beneficiary families is ready, the Revenue Department will have a clear idea about the extent of land needed for distribution. In reply to a question, he maintained that the government had already identified land for this scheme. Over 1,000 acres of land identified as excess land was also available. A large extent of land was locked in cases in Land Tribunals and courts. This would be cleared via the fast track route, he said.

Terming the programme “ambitious”, Mr. Radhakrishnan said a person can claim to be a citizen of this country only if he has land, on which he could construct a house. This in turn makes him eligible for a ration card or an electoral card, he said. The Minister said necessary amendments had been made to the Kerala Land Assignment Rules, 1964, under the Kerala Government Land Assignment Act, 1960, to create an error-free database of landless persons and to make Kerala a ‘zero landless' State.

  • State-level launch scheduled on February 25

  • List of eligible landless families by August 15