Munnar issue: CMO holds meeting without revenue minister
Thiruvananthapuram: A meeting was convened by the chief minister’s office on Thursday to discuss the Munnar issue evading the revenue minister.
The meeting was intended at framing guidelines for retrieval of encroached land in Munnar.
Neither Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan nor his office was informed about the meeting. On the other hand, advocate general, additional advocate general, law secretary together with additional chief secretary, who is the in-charge of revenue department, attended in the meeting. Representing the CM office, private secretary M V Jayarajan took part in the meeting.
In the meeting, it was reviewed that flouting norms many have constructed houses in the land given for agriculture. Since they cannot be evicted, the existing laws need to be amended, the meeting observed and the additional AG was asked to submit the required instructions.
Discussions on bestowing special township status to Munnar and the establishment of an authority for the same were also held. Since they require policy decisions, a decision can be taken at a meeting involving the chief minister, forest minister and revenue minster.
The decision to convene a meeting without inviting revenue minister is likely to irk the CPI.
The CPI has already registered its displeasure over the directions issued by CM’s office regarding the eviction drive.