THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan has said title deeds would be given to one lakh landless people in one year and a mega project has been prepared in this respect.
The first phase of issuing title deeds will be held in November-December and for this title deed distribution drives would be held in all districts, he said at a meeting of District Collectors here.
The second phase will be held in May next year, Chandrasekharan said. The meeting discussed all the activities that have to be taken on an urgent basis. In the meeting, it was also decided to dispose of the cases pending in land tribunals in a time-bound manner. The minister gave instructions to the Collectors to post efficient tahsildars who are good at disposing of the cases at the earliest.
The collectors were asked to take steps to complete the procedure of giving title deeds to landless ST people, which has already been sanctioned. He also asked the Collectors to look into the technical issues related to giving pattayam to holders of forest land before January 1, 1977.
Officials should protect government land at any cost. The minister asked the officials to take steps for acquiring surplus land and also to dispose of the cases at the earliest with respect to surplus land. It was decided to collect all pending lease amount of public land. Another decision taken was to prepare a record of all the leased land in the state. As far as the quarries are concerned, the meeting decided to collect lease and royalty amounts at the earliest.