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Law to annul bogus land transfers

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V.S. Achuthanandan says the Cabinet has approved a proposal to amend the relevant Act.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for amending the Registration Act to empower the government to cancel transfer of land done using bogus documents and deeds.

Briefing presspersons on the Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said the proposed amendment would make registration of sale deeds mandatory. Further, the government would specify that government and quasi- government institutions should transfer their land only on receipt of a no-objection certificate from a designated officer.

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet had approved the guidelines for implementation of the EMS Housing Scheme. Local self-government institutions should set apart 15 per cent of their annual Plan allocations for the scheme. All eligible persons should be given housing loans before 2010. Cooperative banks would extent loans. The interest rate would be 10 per cent a year. The plan was to ensure housing for all homeless families. The coverage of the scheme would be over and above existing schemes.

Cyberpark

Mr. Achuthanandan announced that the proposed Cyberpark in Kozhikode would be registered as a society on the lines of the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and the Infopark in Kochi. The Cabinet had approved its bylaws. It had also decided to acquire land for the Kozhikode City Development Programme on a fast track basis.

The Cabinet sanctioned Rs.40 lakh for removal of water hyacinth from the backwaters of Vaikom, Kuttanad, Ambalappuzha, Kanayannur and Cherthala.

Protesting against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rejection of the demand for reduction of prices of petroleum products, the Chief Minister said the Prime Minister’s stand was a challenge to the people.

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