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A total of 4,892.17 acres identified for land scheme

Rameshram Mishra, Commissioner of Land Administration, reviewed the preparations made by the district administration for the launch of the two-acre land scheme on September 17.

He convened an emergency closed-door meeting with officials of various departments here on Wednesday.

Under the scheme, two-acre land would be distributed to landless agriculture labourers starting on the birth anniversary day of Periyar.

Briefing Mr. Mishra on the preparations, the Collector R. Palaniyandi said the administration had identified 4,892.17 acres free from encroachment, spreading over Kovilpatti, Sattankulam, Tiruchendur, Srivaikundam , Ettayapuram, Ottapidaram, Vilathikulam and Tuticorin taluks.

"From this, 210 acres would be given to 105 beneficiaries at the scheduled inaugural of two-acre land scheme on September 17," Dr. Palaniyandi told Mr. Mishra. Of the selected beneficiaries, 100 persons hail from Pedaneri in Sattankulam taluk and the remaining five were from Chettikurichi in Kovilpatti taluk. The Collector said the administration would develop the wasteland distributed into cultivable land by making use of rural employment schemes and other central-sponsored schemes, shortly.

"Irrigation facilities would be provided to the land," he added.

Mr. Mishra then reviewed the progress made in the regularisation of encroachments in the district.

Dr. Palaniyandi said that 144.75 acres of encroached land, which was regularised, would be distributed to 179 beneficiaries, along with the distribution under two-acre land on September 17.

The Revenue Divisional Officers of Tuticorin, Tiruchendur and Kovilpatti sub-divisions and senior officials from revenue and survey departments attended the meeting.

Source: The Hindu

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