Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: A Chengara-model takeover of land is in the making at Kallar, near Kulathupuzha.

Members of more than 200 landless families have joined hands to form an action council for the purpose. Chairman of the council M.A. Latheef said that if the government failed to respond, the action council members would march to Kallar from Kulathupuzha for the takeover next week.

Mr. Latheef said that in sharp contrast with the situation at Chengara, the Kulathupuzha action council members were those who had been allotted land by the Revenue authorities in 1975.

As many as 210 landless families were assigned one acre each at Dharbakulam.

At that time, the value of the allotted land was decided at Rs.400 per acre and each family was asked to pay the amount in 16 instalments.

Some had paid the amount fully and others in instalments to the Treasury and they still had the receipts and allotment documents. But soon afterwards, the allotted land was declared as vested forest area, as a result of which those allotted land could not taken possession of it.

In 1984, the assignments were cancelled. The Dharbakulam authorities then moved the High Court, on the basis of which it was formally agreed in 1993 to give them 20 cents of land suitable for living and farming at a different location.

But, a subsequent report of the Revenue authorities had stated that the land for such an allocation could not be identified.

Mr. Lathif said that under the Right to Information Act, the action council had now identified 68.58 acres of Revenue land at Kallar.

This excess land was suitable only for farming and hence should be allocated to the action council members.

He said that the action council had already sent a memorandum in this connection to the Chief Minister three days ago.

If the government failed to act in one week, the action council members would takeover the excess land, he reiterated.