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Cabinet decides to evict encroachers from tribal land

india Updated: Nov 10, 2010 17:27 IST

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The Kerala cabinet has on Wednesday decided to evict a private wind-mill power generating company, from a tribal land illegally acquired by them, and restore the land to tribals at Attapady in Palakkad district.

The decision was taken on the basis of a report by Chief Secretary, who had been asked by the cabinet earlier to look into the alleged irregularities in the alienation of tribal land at Nallasinga village in Attapady a few months back.

Talking to reporters, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said the cabinet approved Chief secretary's report and asked concerned departments to take steps to retrieve the land from the occupiers and restore it to tribals.

The cabinet also decided to order a vigilance probe into the issue, as government officials were involved in the irregularities that led to the transfer of acres of land belonged to tribals, Achuthanandan said.

The probe would be completed within next three months, he said.

The land was now occupied by power generating company Suz Lon which had put up wind-mills in the area.

The transfer of tribal land had triggered a row with Congress led UDF opposition taking up the issue to the Assembly.

The opposition had alleged that the government had failed to check the transfer of tribal land to private party.

Departmental inquiry had found that the land came into the hands of private holder through 'fraudulent means' with the connivance of government officials and certain middlemen.

Following the controversy, the government had asked Chief Secretary to look into the matter and recommend remedial measures.