Government hopeful of ending land stir

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Revenue Minister says talks with CPI(M) leaders fruitful

The government is hopeful that the Bhoo Samrakshana Samithy under the aegis of the CPI(M) will withdraw the land rights strike as the talks held with the samithy leaders on Friday was fruitful, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash has said.

Addressing presspersons after the talks with CPI(M) leaders E.P. Jayarajan, A. Vijayaraghavan and K. Radhakrishnan , the Minister said the talks held in his chamber in the wake of the ongoing situation were fruitful and they had asked for an audience with the Chief Minister.

He said the CPI(M) leaders had agreed not to disturb the process initiated by the government to provide three cents each to one lakh families before August 15 this year from the excess land. “Over 500 surveyors have been roped in and they have told that the process will not be disturbed. They have asked for more land, but we have told them about the limitations,” he said in reply to a query.

Mr. Prakash said those staying on puramboke land for years would also be given the right of the property after following the rules and regulations. The CPI(M) leaders had also agreed to the suggestion as over one lakh families would benefit from the decision, he said.

Land for the landless

He pointed out that it was the United Democratic Front government that had conducted a systematic survey and identified that the State had a total of 2,33,232 landless families. The government had decided to provide land to all landless people by 2015 and it was spelled out in the UDF’s election manifesto.

Asked why the government was not initiating action against the agitators, Mr. Prakash said “we have now speeded up the process to provide land to the landless poor. The government is of the view that it can be solved through discussions. A decision on the leaders meeting the Chief Minister will be taken soon.”

Aranmula airport

To another query on the government taking 10 per cent share in the Aranmula airport project, the Revenue Minister said the previous LDF government was solely responsible for facilitating various clearances for the proposed international airport. “We will go as per the rules and regulations and we don’t want development initiatives to get entwined in controversies. The Revenue Department has land in the project site and the District Collector had been asked to fix the price,” he said.

  • Three cent land for one lakh families before August 15

  • Those staying in puramboke to get right of the property




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