Kannur,Mar 1: The Kerala government would handover on March 3 one acre each of cultivable land in the state owned Aralam farm to 840 landless tribal families drawn from various parts of Kannur district, Collector K S Srinivas said today.
The landless tribals had been agitating for long, demanding that the goverment rehabilitate them in the Aralam farm.
"Possession certificates to the identified tribals would be formally handed over by Kerala Tribal Welfare Department Minister A P Anil Kumar on Friday next near the 7,500-acre Aralam farm whose six of 13 blocks had been earmarked for rehabilitating the tribals," Srinivas told reporters here.
Eligible 840 tribal families, a sizeable 827 from the most backward 'paniya' sections and those from 'kuruchiya' and 'karimbalan' tribes drawn from parts of the district, would be distributed possession certificates at the function near the farm whose remaining area would be retained for research works and cultivation of high breed farm varieties, After scrutinising the 6,000-odd applications received from various tribals, the administration had decided to allocate only cultivable and fertile land to avoid future complaints over the anomalies in the distribution of the property, he said.
Special efforts also had been made to see that those families who had been hitherto staying in a common tribal colony were allocated land close to one another to ensure friendly and homily atmosphere while provisions have been made for water and power connections and fencing of the allocated land.