No renewal of lease of estates, says VS

Staff Reporter

‘No move to give back Thuthampara estate’

Forest Conservation Act does not permit renewal of lease

‘Milk price hike to help dairy farmers’

PALAKKAD: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said here on Monday that “there is no move to give back Thuthampara Estate in Nelliampathy Hills taken over recently by the Government after the expiry of its lease period from the Poabs group or the other Estates taken over by the Government earlier.”

Talking to mediapersons at the PWD Guest House, the Chief Minister said “there is no question of reopening the issue on the estates taken over by the government. The Central Forest Conservation Act also does not permit the renewal of the lease. The renewal of the lease period is considered as fresh lease under this Central law. The policy of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the State government is that all the leased land will be taken over after the expiry of the lease period.”

The Thuthampara estate in Nelliampathy was given on 99-year lease and the government took control of it after the expiry of the lease period. The estate was taken over by the State Forest Department and handed over to the Forest Development Corporation.

Earlier, the Government had taken over the estates adjacent to it such as Rosery, Cliff View and Miraflore after the expiry of the lease period.

The Chief Minister said there were some vested interests who were trying to create an impression that there were moves to reopen this closed issue so that the estate could be given back to its old leasees.

Later, inaugurating the new building of the Naithala Dairy Development Co-operative Society at Elappully, the Chief Minister said the price of milk was hiked in the State recently to help dairy farmers.

The major portion of the milk required in the State was brought from outside.

The Chief Minister said the Government would take steps to provide pension and other help to the dairy farmers in the State.

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