Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NCP wing plans stir

KOCHI: The Nationalist Karshaka Thozhilali Forum of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is launching an agitation against the destruction of paddy fields and wetlands in the State.

Forum general secretary Gopi N. Menon said here on Tuesday that in spite of a powerful law, large tracts of paddy fields and wetlands were being converted into commercial land and house plots. He said the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act of 2008 was effective in checking the violation but the authorities were reluctant to use its provisions. However, citing two instances of the positive use of the Act, Mr. Menon said that determined implementation of the law could save paddy fields. At Pothanikkad in Ernakulam district, the owner of a paddy field had planted rubber saplings.

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