PALAKKAD: Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran has said that the State government will get a new law enacted to prevent the encroachment of government land.
Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, the Minister said the Kerala Land Conservancy Act, 1957, which was inadequate to take stern action against encroachments, would be amended.
The new law would have provisions to put encroachers behind bars and take action against officials who failed to protect government land.
He said the government had cleared encroachments on 12,890 acres of land, which was now with the land bank for distribution to landless people after keeping a portion for government purposes. He said 1,400 acres was ready for distribution and 824 acres out of it would be distributed from Sunday. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan would inaugurate the State-level land distribution programme in Kannur on Sunday. He said 60,373 acres of land got blocked in 1,430 cases pending with 63 taluk land boards. The cases were 20 to 28 years old. The government had taken steps to have a special set up to get these cases disposed of quickly. He said even after the awards by the Land Board, 13,052 acres of land got entangled in court cases, including in the Supreme Court and the Kerala High Court. In 92 cases, 5,133.61 acres of land got blocked in Palakkad district.
He said the government would take strong action against those who tried to prevent the government officials from surveying land at Chinnakkanal in Idukki. Officials were attacked in an organised way there. The government would give protection to officials to discharge their duty.
The Minister said he had received a number of complaints of tribes losing their land to others in Attappady owing to dubious methods. A special adalat would be held at Agali in Attappady on November 3 with Revenue and Forest Ministers present along with top officials to examine the problem of alienation of tribal land.