Tribal land scam: LDF rejects UDF charge

State Minister for welfare for backward communities and power A K Balan today said a re-survey would be conducted at the tribal land in Attapady in Palakkad district where a private wind-mill company had put up units.

Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 13:32 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Asserting that CPI-M LDF government in Kerala was committed to protect tribal lands, State Minister for welfare for backward communities and power A K Balan today said a re-survey would be conducted at the tribal land in Attapady in Palakkad district where a private wind-mill company had put up units.

Concerned departmners would take necessary follow up action on cabinet decision to evict the private company Suzlon energy limited from the tribal land at Nallasinga village and restore the same to tribals, Balan told reporters here.

The re-survey would be conducted in six months and officials if any involved in the irregular transfer of tribal land to private parties would be brought to books, he said.
Balan rejected the Congress led UDF opposition charge that CPI-M had defended the deal of the company.

On the power-purchase agreement KSEB entered with the Suzlon Energy Limited, Balan said it was only a technical sanction and it did not give any recognitioin to the ownership title to the land possessed by them. Technical sanction was given after verying various documents, he said.
The officials who misled the government with regard to land documents also would be taken to task, he added.

State cabinet yesterday had approved the report of Chief Secretary on the issue and directed the authorities concerned to to take steps to retrieve the land from Suzlon and restore it to tribals.

Bureau Report