CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has said that Cabinet decision regularising the paddy field reclamation made up to 2005, by claiming a one-time tax, was against the interests of the state.
In a statement here on Thursday, Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government decision regularising the reclamation of paddy fields and wetlands would result in a severe drinking water crisis for the people, besides causing severe environmental calamities in the state.
He pointed out that the decision was the result of the undue influence of the real estate lobby over the government.
He further said that one of the economic advisers of the Chief Minister belong to a major real estate family in the state.
The CPM leader said that the government decision had the motive to convert over one lakh acres of paddy and wet land into dry land.
He urged the people to protest against the government decision as it would be detrimental to the interests of the state.