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Title deeds to be issued to Idukki farmers in January

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Legal hurdles for issuing title deeds being removed


With the title-deeds, farmers will be eligible for getting loans from banks

Farmers living in KSEB abandoned project area to get title deeds on December 18


KATTAPPANA: Minister for Revenue K. P. Rajendran has said that legal clearance for issuing title deeds to 40,000 farmers in the district is being completed and on January 10 next year, the condition-free title deeds will be issued to them in the first phase.

Addressing press persons at the collectorate in Painavu on Friday evening, after a meeting with the senior officials of the Revenue department, the minister said that about 8,000 farmers have submitted the old title deed, which has a condition that the validity of the title deed is subject to the order of the High Court of Kerala, for getting the condition free title deed. Those who have not surrendered the old title deed will be allowed do so at the respective village offices from December 1 to 7, he said.

The minister said that the government was committed to issuing condition-free title deed to all deserving settlers and it will be done in a time-bound manner.

He said that the official level work for clearing the bottleneck for issuing the condition-free title deed is in progress and with the new title deed, farmers will be eligible for getting financial assistance from banks.

The minister said that the farmers living in the abandoned hydro electric project area of the Kerala State Electricity Board will be issued title deeds on December 18. About 3,000 families in Perinjamkutty, Kuthumkal and Erattayar will be given the title deed in the first phase, he said and added that all the farmers in the abandoned project area will be given the title deeds. It will be done as per the completion of the official work, the minister said.

He said that by January next year all the farmers will get the benefit. Farmers in the seven villages of Rajakkad, Kanthipara, Bisonvalley, Kalkoonthal, Udumpanchola, Kunjithanny and Vathikudy will benefit from the government's decision to issue title deeds.

The possession certificate under the Forest Rights Act will be issued at a function in Peerumade on December 9 and 1,156 families will benefit from it, he said.

The Revenue Minister's visit to the collectorate was to personally look in to the work on the issuing of title deeds to the settlers.

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