Kerala CM office sits on Sreeram report on Munnar lands

It has been seven months since the former Devikulam sub-collector submitted his reports regarding encroachments taking place in Munnar.

KOCHI: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been sitting on former Devikulam sub-collector Sreeram Venkatraman’s report on Munnar encroachments for the past seven months.

In reply to an enquiry by N.C. Cyriac of Poonjar under the RTI Act, the revenue department said it was not in a position to answer on its present status as the same was with the Chief Minister’s office since May.

It stated that it had received a report on a meeting the Chief Minister convened on May 7, and the file generated was submitted to the CM’s office for taking a final decision.

It has been pending there since. “We will be able to provide a copy only after the return of the file after taking a final decision,” the reply said.

The report by the former sub-collector contains details of encroachments in ecologically sensitive areas in and around Munnar and Kottaka-mboor near the Kurinji Sanctuary.

Sources said it contained fraudulent means employed by encroachers with political connections, including Joice George MP, to amass land.

The revenue department has also feigned ignorance about former Idukki SP George's report on the matter, saying it was not with it.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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