In the wake of Union government going for the sale of Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU), the Kerala government has initiated steps for protecting the land that was earlier handed over to the Central PSUs.
The government has constituted a monitoring cell under Assistant Commissioner (Land assignment) in the Land Revenue Commissionerate to prepare a detailed report on the lands that were handed over to the CPSUs. Based on the findings, the monitoring cell has been entrusted to take steps to protect the land that were handed over to the CPSU, either by claiming the legal right of the state government in advance or affixing the right legally.ps
In the Government order of July 27, 2019, the monitoring cell has been asked to submit the report with all the details within a month. The Monitoring cell has been asked to take note of all the details, including mutation and ownership of the lands..psIn the order, it has been said that the state government had given prime land to the Central Public Sector Undertakings in liberal terms or under certain conditions. The prime properties of the state would not have been handed over if the earlier State governments had any knowledge that the Centre would be selling these at some point of time.
When the Centre was now going monetising the CPSU assets and properties, the state government, which had provided the whole land either free of cost or for a small amount for public interest, is being ignored.
The government has now taken such a step as some prime land, including Kovalam palace, have already been sold by the Centre and as more lands are to follow.
Indianflash has already reported that the state government is going to be a big loser with the Centre going for the sale of the Central PSUs.
The State government had acquired the lands for the central PSUS by shedding lots of money, which have been given as compensation to land owners. Indianflash had reported about the necessity to take serious steps in protecting the lands that were handed over to the Union Ministry.
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Hindustan Newsprint, HLL life care and FACT have all come under the scanner of the Centre as part of the monetisation drive.