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Revenue department to evict CPM offices, bank in Kerala’s Idukki | Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid reports of CPI’s criticism of the functioning of the LDF government, the revenue department controlled by the CPI has instructed the Idukki district collector to augment the steps to evict two CPM offices and the Adimali Cooperative Bank controlled by the CPM in Adimali town, and take them into government possession.
In a communique from the land revenue commissioner (accessed by TOI), it has been said that steps as per the provisions of the Kerala Land Conservancy Act should immediately be completed against the CPM area committee and local committee offices and Adimali Service Cooperative Bank. As per the details submitted in the high court, the CPM area committee office in Adimali town has encroached upon 3.5 cents of river poramboke and the Adimali east local committee office of the CPM has encroached upon 1.5 cents of the bypass road of the Kochi-Madurai national highway.
The CPM offices cited by the land revenue commissioner to be evicted are in addition to the two CPM offices among 57 illegal constructions against which the high court has asked the Idukki district administration to initiate action immediately. The 57 encroachments were served stop memos by the district administration and the panchayats for violation of Land Conservancy Act, Land Assignment Act and the Kerala Panchayati Raj Act and rules. The government has already formed a special task force under the district collector, consisting of Devikulam sub-collector, revenue divisional officer and assistant commissioner (cardamom) to evict those encroachments excluding those which are likely to be granted pattayams.
In addition to the 57, there are details of 169 more encroachments that have been submitted to the high court in which the CPM offices and the Adimali service cooperative bank are included. In addition to specifically seeking action against the CPM offices and the bank, the land revenue commissioner also asked the Idukki district administration to finalize the extent of all the encroachments which have not been finalized yet and take action against those under the provisions of the Act.
The CPI state council has been critical of the governance of the LDF government. It is learnt that several members of the council that met last Wednesday openly said that the land and quarry mafia are wielding immense control over the government.
The Kerala Land Assignment (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was passed by the assembly in the last session, unanimously. The bill has introduced Section 4a to the existing Act that now gives powers to the government to regularize all the illegal constructions and misuse of the existing land.
However, the amendment will not help the CPM offices and the service cooperative bank as these three cases pertain to encroachments on the government land, which will not be covered under the amendment, unless the government specifically wants to use its discretionary power to regularize these too.

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