TAMIL NADU

Minister reviews house site patta distribution

TO HELP THE POOR: Minister for Animal Husbandry P. Geetha Jeevan addressing a meeting in Tuticorin on Friday. Photo: N. Rajesh

TO HELP THE POOR: Minister for Animal Husbandry P. Geetha Jeevan addressing a meeting in Tuticorin on Friday. Photo: N. Rajesh  

Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: Minister for Animal Husbandry P. Geetha Jeevan on Friday reviewed the action plan prepared by the district administration for distribution of free house site pattas to the people staying at poromboke land for more than 10 years.

She told Collector R. Palaniyandi to complete the regularisation of encroachment at the earliest so that the distribution of pattas could be completed before the end of the first quarter of the next fiscal (2007-08). Briefing the Minister on the preparations, Mr. Palaniyandi said that 8,000 people had submitted their applications, claiming pattas.

As many as 40 teams would be formed soon to ascertain whether the applicants were residing on poromboke land for more than 10 years or not.

Each team would comprise one village administrative officer, a Revenue Inspector and a surveyor. On the selection of beneficiaries, he said that free house site pattas would be distributed to those residing at village panchayat limits, if their annual income was less than Rs. 16,000.

"If the applicant is an urban resident, his annual income should not exceed Rs. 24,000," he said.

The Collector said that pattas would be given to a maximum of three cents (121 sq metre) to the beneficiary, if he hails from town panchayat or village panchayat, and a maximum of 1.5 cents to those from municipal limits. If the income criteria are not fulfilled, those who are presently residing on poromboke land for more than 10 years could purchase pattas as per the guideline value set by the Government.

The District Revenue Officer, P. Anbarasu, and senior revenue officials were present.

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