The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in the State could solve the problem of landlessness among tribal people to a large extent, Minister for the Welfare of Scheduled and Backward Communities A.K. Balan has said.
At a press conference here on Wednesday, he said this had become possible because of the joint efforts of the Revenue and Forest Departments in tandem with his department. Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran and Forest Minister Benoy Viswom too addressed the press conference to explain how the claims of 24,377 landless tribal families [for land] were cleared during the last five years.
Title deeds were given to 18,694 claimants. This apart, 2,174 tribal families were given land under the Tribal Rehabilitation Mission. The total number of beneficiary tribal families would thus come to 20,868. Over 26,000 acres of land reached the hands of landless tribal families in the State during the tenure of the LDF government, the Ministers said. “The next government to come in the State has only a short final lap to run to ensure that no tribal family is left landless. It might take only another three months to solve the problem,” Mr. Balan said.
Answering a question, Mr. Balan said the government had sanctioned land to 1,495 tribal families as part of the measures initiated in the wake of the land stir at Chengara in Pathanamthitta district. Only 421 of them had taken possession of the allotted land.