Office will be set up at Attappady: Rajendran
Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran has said surveys will begin soon for the restoration of alienated land of the tribal people of Attappady under direct supervision of the Palakkad District Collector.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, the Minister said an office would start functioning in Attappady to supervise the restoration. At the State-level, Joint Commissioner of Land Revenue and State survey director would supervise the operations.
Mr. Rajendran said that surveys would be done in five more villages in addition to Kottathara where encroachments were initially detected. The other villages are Agali-Sholayar, Kallamala, Puthur and Padavayal.
He said the committee headed by the Chief Secretary, which inquired into the alienation, had said that the land could be restored in eight months. However, the State government was trying to speed up action and the first phase would be completed in three months. No decision had been taken yet on dismantling of the wind turbines installed on the alienated lands.
The Minister said that about 2,000 applications for restoration of Kerala Restriction on Transfer by and Restoration of Lands to Scheduled Tribes Act 1999 were pending before the revenue divisional officers in different parts of the State, especially in Ottappalam and Mananthavadi divisions. About 530.44 acres were to be taken over by the government in 272 case of transfers exceeding five acres before 1986.
Action on them would be speeded up. Distribution of land to tribal people under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act would be completed by the end of December.
He said the government was also speeding up distribution of unconditional titles to settlers of hilly areas, Scheduled Tribes and other landless people. Efforts would be to issue maximum number of title deeds in three months. Kasaragod would be declared the first district with no landless people, as the plan would cover all the landless.
Mr. Rajendran said the government was examining complaints about unsuitability of land allocated to Chengara agitators. Many families had not taken possession of the land allocated to them in different districts.
This was the case even in good land allocated in Ernakulam and Malappuram districts.
The government had sanctioned Rs.10 crore for a community village for the assignees in Kasaragod.