The Revenue Department is considering a special cell for processing land conversion requests at the Fort Kochi Divisional Revenue Office

A suggestion to set up a special cell under the direction of a senior revenue official dedicated to processing land conversion requests under the Fort Kochi divisional revenue office is under consideration by the revenue ministry. Development gains momentum following the transfer of more than 25 staff from the Fort Kochi office in the second week of August amid allegations of delays in processing applications and some members staff demanding money to review land conversion applications.

District collector Jaffar Malik had assembled a squad of revenue ministry officials to review the more than 3,000 files relating to land conversion requests at the RD office. Sources said the report was submitted to the district collector. The administration also finalized plans to reshuffle staff members in more than 160 district revenue department offices following allegations against the Fort Kochi office.

Staff shortage

CA Anish, a member of the Joint Council’s state secretariat, said a suggestion had been made to the Minister of Revenue to form a special cell to review land conversion requests and complete the process within a specified time frame. so that these complaints can be resolved. He said the suggestion was that officials and staff from the district revenue department offices could be deployed to the special cell to speed up the process.

He also said there was a serious staff shortage at the DR office, where land conversion requests must be considered in addition to other requests from people from the four taluks under the office. The Fort Kochi office is reviewing applications from Aluva, Kochi, Kanayannur and Paravoor taluks.

TJ Vinod, MP, said a group of MPs, including PT Thomas and Roji John, had sent an appeal to the Minister of Revenue to consider moving the DR office from Fort Kochi to the Kakkanad District Collectorate for the make it more accessible to people of different speaks. Residents of Malayattoor and Ayampuzha and other remote areas must now travel to Fort Kochi to submit applications, including land conversion requests. The relocation of the office will make it easier for people to access the DR office, Vinod said.

Named sub-collector

Meanwhile, P. Vishnu Raj was appointed sub-collector at the Fort Kochi RD office on Tuesday. He was Idukki Sub Collector prior to the current appointment and succeeded Harrish Rasheed.