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Monday, 2 March 2015

Venue Witnesses Myriad Emotions : KAKKANAD

The sea of humanity at the venue of the revenue adalat displayed varied emotions as the day progressed. As many as 33,000 people lined up at Ernakulam Collectorate on Friday. People from far flung areas, the physically challenged and those suffering from various diseases like cancer came early in the morning to ensure a seat in the large and awaited, with hope writ large on their faces, to hear the golden words ‘issue settled’.

“I have been awaiting for the title deed of the land that was allotted to me by the government for the past 38 years. I was allotted the land and the house under the ‘Laksham Veedu housing colony project’. It’s my last wish to die in the house whose title deed is in my hands. I don’t know whether this adalat can fulfil my last wish,” said 89-year-old K R Saraswathy who came to the adalat in a wheel chair with her grandson Rajesh.

The adalat bore witness to people joining in the happiness of others who got their complaints settled.

When Minister Adoor Prakash issued the order for the ‘pokkuvaravu’ for the 197 families of Santhipuram colony the large hall resounded with shouts of joy. The title deed issue which was pending in the court for the last 45 years was settled in the adalat. “For us February 27 will always remain a memorable day in our life. We have spent every single day in our life to settle this issue. We are really thankful to the government for ending the long battle,” said a 65-year-old man who had began been working for the settlement of the issue when he was in his 20’s.

As many as 33,000 people lined up for the hearing. Around 5,000 fresh complaints were received on Friday.

Most of the complaints have been regarding financial aid for treatment from the Chief Minister’s relief fund, title deeds and pokkuvaravu.

“We can settle as many as three lakh applications in the state. With the completion of these adalats the state will be free from revenue issue matters. Some of the cases will remain pending as more time is needed to settle them. Strong follow up will be done to complete all types of revenue related and other grievances,” told Minister Adoor Prakash to ‘Express’.

Source: The New Indian Express, 28th Feb 2015

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