STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Govt to Amend Title Deed Rules

Published: 23rd August 2014 07:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2014 07:50 AM   |  A+A-

KOTTAYAM: In yet another strategic political move, the Oommen Chandy Government has decided to amend the rules regarding the awarding of title deeds (pattayams) to the settler farmers of Idukki district.

Announcing the decision here on Friday, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash said that as per the new rules the settler farmers would be given title deeds up to four acres of land with rights for immediate transfer of rights on occupied land.

The Minister added that rules will be relaxed only for the settlements before August 1, 1971, which would be considered under the Kerala Land Assignment (KLA) Act, 1960.  “As per the 2005 amendment of KLA Act, settler farmers in Idukki district were supposed to be issued title deeds for land up to one acre in hilly track area and 50 cents in other areas and were not supposed to transfer their rights in the land for three years, which was later hiked to 25 years by the LDF Government in 2009. Now, the government has decided to lift such restrictions for occupied lands and increase the area up to four acres, which were the major demands of the settlers and people’s representatives. But, the restriction for transfer of right on non-occupied land will be retained as 25 years, though they will be eligible for holdings upto four acres,” he said. According to Prakash, the decision was taken as part of expediting the UDF’s proclaimed policy to award pattayams to the deserving people in the State. However, the new decision will be applicable only for the settler farmers in Idukki district.

“A new rule has been formulated and handed over to the Law Department for reviewing its legal aspects. It is expected that the Law Department will return the file in two days, which will be tabled in the Cabinet at the earliest. Soon after the Cabinet clearance, the decision will be implemented as per law,” he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp