Industrial Policy: Kerala govt to amend Land Reforms Act

KR Prahaladhan

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Kottayam: The state government has pitched for bringing amendments to Kerala Land Reforms Act, 1963. The government has taken the move as part of the new industrial policy. According to revenue minister K Rajan, the changes are in tandem with the natural course of the time.

The draft industrial policy offered major amendments to the land reform act.

Earlier, CPM and CPI of the Left front had reached a consensus that amending the Land Reforms Act for addressing existing realities is not problematic. The changes to land related laws come as continuation of deliberations in that angle.

Some of the major promises in the draft industrial policy are:

  • Tweaking of Kerala Land Reforms Act, 1963 to provide adequate land for industrial purpose
  • There will be relaxation on land possession limit for private entities coming up with industrial parks
  • 15-acre land possession limit for individuals will be increased
  • Plantation land can be used for production factors like factory, godown, logistics
  • Integration and fast-tracking of all land conversion process

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