The State government on Wednesday rubbished the objections raised by the Udumbanchola panchayat regarding the allotment of land to landless people in the panchayat.

In an affidavit filed in the High Court, the government said 760 persons had been identified for allotment of three cents of land each in Udumbanchola. As much as 21.28 acres of revenue ‘puramboke’ land at Mattuthavalam had been identified for the purpose. While follow-up action was in progress, a section of people, with the support of the grama panchayat ruling council, objected to the allotment of land. The officials deputed to conduct a field survey to assess the number of trees on the land were held hostage for hours.

The affidavit was filed in response to a petition filed by the panchayat challenging the implementation of the government policy called ‘Zero Landless Citizens Kerala – 2015’ in Udumbanchola.

The affidavit said it was an ideal place for rehabilitating the landless poor.

There was no proposal to set up a nursing college on the site as alleged by the panchayat.

The worry of the panchayat about the influx of people from other parts of the State, especially of Tamil origin, was misplaced.

The contention that settling of people from different cultures and customs would spoil the harmonious living condition of the area was nothing but ‘despicable parochialism.’ In fact, the panchayat would be provided necessary assistance for tackling any adverse implications of the policy decision, the affidavit said.