Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has
given priority to resolve issues connected with those
agitating for land and suffering due to land acquisition for
A meeting of District Collectors inaugurated by Chief
Minister Oommen Chandy discussed the issues connected with
landless tribals and problems of people at Moolampalli where
land had been acquired for the Vallarpadam Container Terminal
Project at Kochi.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, state
Revenue Minister Thiruvanachoor Radhakrishnan said as many as
6037 tribal families would be given land in the next 100 days.
Radhakrishnan said beneficiaries had already been
identified and preparations for distribution of land to
landless tribals under the Forest Rights Act were in final
It has been decided to assign a minimum of one acre and a
maximum of 10 acres, he said.
The government would give priority to resolve the problems
faced by landless people who were agitating for land at
Chengara estate in Pathanmthitta district, Radhakrishnan
said, adding the government plan was to come out with a
comprehensive rehabilitation package for the people of
The Chief Minister would visit Moolampali in Kochi to work
out a detailed package to help the people who were displaced
following the commissioning of the container project.
Steps would be taken to ease the shortage of sand for
construction purposes. With a view to increasing sand
availability, as a first step it has been decided to conduct
sand audit in six rivers in the state, he said.