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MAKING IT OFFICIAL: Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran hands over the documents of revenue land given to the Forest Department for compensatory afforestation in lieu of the land allotted for Sabarimala development to Forest Minister Benoy Viswom in Thir uvananthapuram on Monday. Travancore Devaswom Board president G. Raman Nair, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and Law Minister M. Vijayakumar are also seen. Photo: S. Mahinsha
MAKING IT OFFICIAL: Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran hands over the documents of revenue land given to the Forest Department for compensatory afforestation in lieu of the land allotted for Sabarimala development to Forest Minister Benoy Viswom in Thir uvananthapuram on Monday. Travancore Devaswom Board president G. Raman Nair, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and Law Minister M. Vijayakumar are also seen. Photo: S. Mahinsha

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Woman member to be inducted into TDB, says Sudhakaran

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government will amend the Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act and induct a woman member and an SC member in the Travancore Devaswom Board, Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran said.

Addressing a function organised by the Board to handover 305 acre of revenue land to the Forest Department for compensatory forestation in lieu of the forest land given for Sabarimala development, Mr. Sudhakaran said the Government was committed to protecting the sanctity of all places of worship including Sabarimala and Guruvayur.

A Devaswom Board for Malabar was also on the anvil. Identification and transfer of revenue land was caught in squabbles among UDF Ministers. But the LDF Government could resolve it in 40 minutes, the Minister said.

The decision to acquire 2.10 acre of land in Guruvayur was also taken without any delay and it was handed over to Devaswom authorities three days before `Ashtami Rohini.' The Government will not tolerate bureaucratic high-handedness. "When the LDF Government assumed office, there were apprehensions about how the Communists would carry out the administration of places of worship. But all the departments concerned, Devaswom, Forest and Revenue worked together and resolved the issue at the earliest," he said.

The Government will not tolerate the corrupt, but will not use its authority to settle personal scores. Development works will be completed without upsetting the environment, he said.

Forest Minister Benoy Viswom said the Government would act without any delay on getting the master plan for developing Sabarimala. The Government has respect for all faiths and will function in a secular manner, the Minister added.

Law Minister M. Vijayakumar presided. Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran, TDB president G. Raman Nair, members Punalur Madhu and M.B. Sreekumar and Principal Secretary to Government Bharat Bhushan also spoke.

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