Indications are that the Principal Secretary (Revenue) had objected to the issuance of the order, before the Under Secretary forwarded the relevant file to the minister.
A report on the Muttil tree-felling scam pointed at serious dereliction of duty by revenue and forest department officials.
The order has specifically mentioned that the relaxation would be applicable to only those 25 cents that existed on or before amending the Kerala Conservation of Paddy and Wetland Act on December 30, 2017.
The Local Self Government Department has issued an order that the building permit would be approved only after checking the possession certificate to ascertain for what purpose the land was assigned.
The Mumbai underworld used to bring gold biscuits from Dubai through ships and Urus off Kerala coast.
According to the guidelines, the land tehsildar can decide on cases where the area difference is not more than 5 per cent and the collector in cases where it is more than 5 per cent.
Data from the last 12 years point that 23.7 per cent of the state’s own tax revenue was from liquor sales.
Believers Eastern Church Council, under Gospel of Asia Charitable Trust, claims ownership of the land. The Trust says it had purchased the land from Harrisons Malayalam Limited.
A minor revolt that has been brewing within the IAS fraternity in the last couple of years has burst into the open.
Paddy fields which are wetland ecosystems morphed into house plots as people misused provisions of land rules despite moves to curb the practice.