Migrants with legal documents not to be evicted: Minister
Thodupuzha: Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan on Monday said that the migrants in Idukki need not worry as those with proper legal documents will not be evicted from their lands. He was speaking prior to visiting the Neelakkurinji sanctuary in Vattavada.
Forest Minister K Raju and Electricity Minister MM Mani will also accompany him. Returning from here this afternoon, the group will take part in the meet of people’s representatives and mediapersons in Munnar on Tuesday.
The Minister said that he will visit Kottakamboor and Vattavada and the main aim of the visit is to ensure the protection of the sanctuary and also remove people’s concern on this issue.
“Those with legal documents will not be evicted. A detailed study is required to find the real migrants. People should co-oporate for this,” he said.
He added that those with documents in Kottakamboor will be protected. The government will take time to collect information.
The Kurinji Sanctuary became a topic of discussion close on the heels of the Revenue Department cancelling the patta of several plots, including the one owned by Joyce George MP.
The Revenue Department’s decision to evacuate encroachments in the 3200-hectare Kuriji Sanctuary, which was notified in 2006, had led to minor scuffles and tension in the area. The main allegation is that the notification was issued without proper scrutiny and the local people were not taken into confidence.
Ministers’ visit come in the middle of these issues.