Kerala to amend Land Assignment Act to provide patta to the deserving

K Rajan | Photo: File/Screengrab

Thiruvananthapuram: Revenue minister K Rajan said in the Assembly that the Kerala government was adopting necessary measures to give patta to those lands that have been in possession for a long time. He said the Land Assignment Act would be amended.

People who have been holding land since before 1971 will be given patta. Others will be given land on the basis of five priorities. Those who have been possessing land for over 30 years will be included in the occupied category, he told the Assembly.

Applications will be received from those who migrated to these lands before 1977 who have not received patta. They will be included in the patta dashboard and land will be assigned to deserving people. The minister also said that the government was examining the possibility of giving patta to those in the Idukki Cardamom Hills reserve forest.

Rajan further said that in some areas, there were issues of less than 15 acres of land being recorded as a plantation. This has to be changed. There are no restrictions on using this land for other purposes, he added.

If any person, who does not have much knowledge of the laws, loses their small piece of land on the basis of land rules, these will have to be amended, the minister added.

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