Oppn moves adjournment motion in Assembly on Idukki land issue
Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition filed a notice for adjournment motion in the Assembly regarding the land issue in Idukki. They demanded that the restrictions on construction in land larger than 15 cents imposed in Idukki alone should be discussed. The notice for adjournment motion was filed by MLA P. J. Joseph.
Joseph alleged that the restrictions are discriminatory. The situation in Idukki is different from that in 1964 when the Land Development Act was formed. Those residing in Idukki are still perceived as encroachers. The government action cannot be justified. He added that denying the rights, allowed for people in other 13 districts, to Idukki natives is pure discrimination.
If the restrictions are continued, it will result in huge consequences in the district. Also the government move to take up the constructions above 1500 square feet and above 15 cent land, gives a dangerous message, he stated.
Revenue minister E. Chandrasekharan replied that the amendment in the Land Development Act was made on the basis of the High Court verdict and in way that helps the public. With this action, small scale buildings could be regularised.
The government took this action considering the court’s directives from time to time and the pleas filed by the environmentalists. The discussion on this issue is continuing. It is learnt that the opposition will raise Manjakkandi Maoist encounter and Walayar case during the zero hour in the Assembly.