KERALA

Land for 20,000 families by May

PEOPLE'S WELFARE: Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran presents title deeds to mark the inauguration of a `Pattaya mela' in Malappuram on Saturday.  

Staff Reporter

3,180 acres of land set aside for distribution to the landless

MALAPPURAM: About 20,000 landless families will be given Government land by May, said Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran.

He was inaugurating a ``Pattaya mela'' organised by the district administration here on Saturday.

Mr. Rajendran said the Government set aside 3,180 acres of land for the purpose. District Collectors were asked to complete the formalities before distributing land to the poor.

He said the Government was yet to get hold of about 72,000 acres of land entangled in 20,000-odd cases in different legal bodies from Land Tribunal to Supreme Court. Some cases are as old as 25 years, he said.

Mr. Rajendran said the Government would not hesitate to go for legislation to take back lease land from corporates such as Tata. He said the Government would protect the rights of the landless people.

Aralam farm

He said Aralam farm would be made a model for the entire State. The Adivasis from Kannur and Wayanad would get preference, he said.

As many as 2,771 families were given title deeds at the mela held at the Collectorate as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the State's formation.

Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty presided over the function. District Collector K.S. Premachandra Kurup welcomed the gathering.