Benefits of Land Reforms Act yet to reach all: CM

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 27 (UNI) Asserting that encroachers of government land will be evicted, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said the benefits of the Land Reforms Act were yet to reach all the people of the state.

Replying to questions after the weekly Cabinet meeting here, he said the government would continue its efforts to extend the benefits of land reforms to all sections of the society.

Stating the Land Reforms Act was still relevant to the society, he said the Munnar eviction drive was as part of it and the government took back a large area of the land belonging to it.

It would be distributed to the landless people within three months, he added.

On the reported statements that the Act was outdated, the Chief Minister said such remarks were made to protect the interests of the real estate mafia.

Expressing hope that the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act would be enforced to check the activities of land mafia in the state, the Chief Minister made it clear that if necessary the government would bring in a new legislation to check the activities of the mafia in this regard.

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