KARNATAKA

Sabhas to be revived for settling disputes

Staff Reporter

KANNUR: Village- and taluk-level mechanisms for settling civil disputes will be strengthened in the district, said District Collector K.S. Srinivas here on Saturday. At a press conference, he said efforts were on to revive taluk and village sabhas for allowing settlement of disputes out of court, through conciliation. While the taluk sabhas would meet every third Saturday of a month, the village sabhas would be convened in the first Saturday. The sabhas would ensure speedy settlement of disputes out of the time-consuming legal process, he added.

Adalats

Mr. Srinivas said taluk- and village-level revenue adalats would be held in the district in January to redress complaints submitted to the Revenue Department, avoid delay in providing services, eradicate corruption and ensure justice. The village-level adalat would be held in all 129 villages in the district from January 2 to 12, while the taluk-level adalat would be conducted in the three taluks from January 16 to 21.

The adalat would benefit people in 34 villages in Kannur taluk, 47 in Taliparamba and 48 in Thalassery. Complaints and grievances concerning transfer of registry, title deeds, difference between possession certificates and revenue documents, Chief Minister's relief fund, calamity relief, issuance of various certificates and rehabilitation and housing schemes would be taken up at the adalat, he said.

Petitions and complaints to be taken up should be submitted to the village and taluk offices concerned before November 30. A meeting of revenue officials to discuss matters concerning the adalat would be held on Wednesday, he added.

Mr. Srinivas said many complaints were there regarding transfer of registry as all revenue documents were obsolete since the last resurvey in 1930. As a result, no transfer of registry was taking place.

Holding another resurvey was impossible as it would take 20 years. The Revenue Department here had started computerising land documents. The department had made available forms to the public to be filled in and submitted to the village offices concerned.

These forms had been verified and the details entered into the computer. Seventy per cent of data-entry work had been over, he added.