Land policy to be formulated in Kerala: Minister

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Kannur, Oct 5 (UNI) A policy on land would be formulated in Kerala and the Kerala Land Conservancy Act amended soon, according to State Revenue Minister K P Rajendran.

Presiding over a state-level function connected with distribution of land to the landless here today, he said the policy would be debated in the State Assembly next month.

Mr Rajendran said excess land held by the Tata Tea Company and the Harrisons Malayalam Limited would be taken over and distributed to poor plantation workers. The Government would also distribute land seized from encroachers to eligible families from next month.

He said 5,699 landless families, including SC/ST families, were given ''Pattas'' (title deeds) so far.

Mr Rajendran said the Government had taken over 5,120 hectares of encroached land so far and 2,400 hectares were under the process of acquisition.

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