Special Correspondent

From tenants who have violated lease terms: Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government will take over revenue land from tenants who have not cleared their lease arrears, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Friday, Mr. Rajendran said the Government was planning to take over the land from the tenants who had not paid the lease on time and had used it for other purposes in violation of the contract.

Prime revenue land worth crores in the capital and different parts of the State was now in the possession of various clubs and other organisations.

The petitions committee of the Assembly headed by P.C. George had asked the Government in 1996 to take over the land from various organisations, including Golf Club in the capital.

There was a proposal to shift the club to Neyyar Dam or Ponmudi where there was more land.

The Government had taken over 40.52 acres of land leased out to a petroleum company at Kadalundi in Kozhikode on finding that it was utilised for other purposes. The 22.45 hectares of land leased out to Harrison Malayalam in Thrissur district was taken over after it was found that the tenant had leased it to others.

Action will be taken on 280 cases that had been detected in Kochi, six in Idukki, seven in Kollam, five in Kozhikode, 42 in Kottayam and one in Pathanamthitta.

Report submitted

The expert committee appointed to look into the encroachment in Kannan Devan hills had submitted its report to the Government, he said.

Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran said the Government was willing to give all support to set up medical colleges in the cooperative sector.

He offered all help to set up medical colleges in Pathanamthitta and Nooranad. Medical reimbursement system for Government employees would be provided in cooperative hospitals too.

The pharmaceutical companies that had refused to supply medicines to cooperative hospitals had been blacklisted.

Holding talks

The Cooperative Department was holding consultations with universities to start professional management courses in the cooperative sector. Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy said the Government had issued termination notice to 600 doctors on the charge of unauthorised absence.

An office had been opened and special officer appointed in Kochi to expedite steps for the metro rail project.

Suburban train services would begin this year, Minister in charge of Railways M. Vijayakumar said.

Formation of the Salem railway division had been stalled following the intervention of the State Government, Mr. Vijayakumar said in a written reply.