Thiruvananthapuram: Revenue minister E. Chandrasekharan has asked officials to continue the eviction of encroachments in Munnar without caring for criticism and oppositions from any quarter. According to sources, the minister on Sunday asked both Iddukki district collector G.R. Gokul and Devikulam sub collector not to heed to criticism and go ahead with action against encroachments. The minister has even asked the collector to submit the report on actions taken a daily basis.
“The officials should take action without considering politics. Even in case the encroachments are made by CPI activists, it should be removed,” Mr Chandrasekharan said. “The government is ready to provide all support to officials to conduct the drive against encroachments. It is even ready to provide more officials for the drive,” he added.
Mr Chandrasekharan made it clear that the government will go ahead with eviction of encroachment on government land in Munnar even while Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and electricity minister M.M. Mani opposed the drive. The stand taken by the CPI on the issue was that it was just usual procedure and there was no need to discuss it with the Chief Minister. Earlier, CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran had made clear that anti-encroachment drive at Munnar has not been stopped and that all lawful measures will be taken towards the same.