Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 25 : Twenty three Adivasi families in Attappady will get a minimum of Rs 80,000 each as compensation on yearly-basis as part of a revenue-sharing agreement between the Adivasis and Suzlon company.
Addressing a press conference here, Kerala Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the number of families and the exact compensation amount would be decided after considering various facts, including income from the wind energy projects.” ”It was a unanimous decision of the Government that the Company should not be evicted from the area as part of a ‘positive approach’ to all the developmental issues by the UDF,” he added.
It was reported that the Suzlon Company allegedly grabbed the land of Adivasis in three villages of Attappady area.
The Adivasis would get five paise from each unit of the energy produced from the windmills, which erected in their house plots.
But, the exact revenue-sharing agreement would be formulated after discussions with the Company and the Government also.
However, the vacant land in the project area could also be used for agriculture purposes by the Adivasis, he added.
Yesterday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Company acquired 645 acres of land from three villages in Attapady. In Kottathara Village, they allegedly grabbed 85.2 acres of land. But, against this, the Adivasis in the area complained that the company grabbed 124-180 acres of land.” A comittee, headed by District Collector and Revenue Officials, was asked to submit a report in this regard within three months, the Chief Minister added. Courtesy-UNI