Government to clear pending land conversion applications in 6 months | News from Thiruvananthapuram

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has started the process of clearing more than 1,12,000 applications to convert land types from wetlands and paddy fields to normal land, which are pending in the state in mission mode over the next six months month.
Revenue Minister K Rajan, responding to a submission by opposition leader VD Satheesan to the assembly on Tuesday, announced that an order had been issued to appoint nearly 1,000 people on a temporary basis and provide vehicles to village agents to inspect the land as part of the clearing. the nominations. The minister said the government had decided to appoint a junior superintendent, four clerical staff and a data entry operator to RDO offices with more than 5,000 pending applications.
Similarly, a junior superintendent, two clerks and a data entry clerk will be appointed to RDO offices with pending requests between 2,000 and 5,000, and two clerks and a data entry clerk will be appointed in offices where 1,000 to 2,000 applications are pending. . In 680 village offices without installation of vehicles available for field inspection, vehicles will be provided. The minister said the government expects an expenditure of Rs 31.61 crore for the next six months for these purposes.
The TOI had reported on February 16 that there were 1,12,539 applications for land form conversion under the Rice Paddies and Wetlands Amendment Act, pending in 27 RDO offices across the state.
The sharp increase in land configuration change applications that have been received at various revenue offices has been noticed since the government decided not to charge land conversion up to 25 cents. According to the data, out of the total number of pending applications, 94,511 applications were received after April 1, 2021. In RDO offices – Kollam, Chengannur, Alappuzha, Muvattupuzha, Fort Kochi, Thrissur, Tirur, Kozhikode and Taliparamba – there there are more than 5,000 applications pending disposal, according to the data.
Terrain model conversion requests that are received at the RDO offices are delivered to the village offices, and the relevant village officer then inspects the terrain. The village officer would prepare a report along with a sketch and hand the report to the RDO, and based on this, the RDO would take an appeal on the request.