2. The land is not suitable for paddy cultivation and in data bank it is mentioned as
the land cultivated with Areca nut , Coco etc.
3. Petitioner demands to change classification of nature of land from paddy land to
4. RDO has no power to do so and reports the matter to District Collector for
necessary action on the petition.
RDO has heard the case in person and enquired the matter through Tahildar
Meenachil and Agriculture Officer Kadanadu
It is worth to mention here that this office also does not have powers to
change classification of nature of land as per reference 4 and 5 cited and cannot
decide on the demand of petitioner. it is also worth to mention here that data banks
were required to be notified by concerned local body as per section 5(4)(i) of
Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wet Land Act 2008, which is not seeing
done in this case, so data bank cannot be taken as supreme information in this case
to make a final decision and this forum relied more on the observation of exhibit
5. Petitioner in his application requests under section 6(2) of KLU order for
permission to convert land for any other purpose and wish to construct a
building there and also demands to change the classification of nature of land
in revenue records. Petitioner also mentions that property in description has
trees of around age of twenty five years. Since this office does not have powers
to change classification of nature of land as per circular cited as ref 4th
, this office cannot consider that for decision . This office has considered the
application under section 6(2) of KLU order.
6. The relevant portions of the KLU order were considered with the spirit of the
order / the purpose of the order, means as we know KLU order is an order
under section 3(2)(1)(a) of essential commodities Act and the spirit or the
purpose is to increase area of cultivation of land and thus production of food
grain and securing the food security of the Region. KLU does not covers
paddy cultivation only but also all other crops which are required for food
production. Petitioner says that it is not suitable for paddy cultivation but does
not mentions the suitability for any other food crop to be grown, which should
be the priority under KLU order and not constructing a building to stop any
food production permanently. As such the demand made under section 6 by
the petitioner is against the spirit of the KLU Order, in preference to the reason
7. Section 6 of KLU order is a section , which makes it mandatory for any holder
of the crops to take a written permission from District Collector on terms set
by District Collector, if he wish to do anything with the land other than
growing a specific food crop for three years continuously .
8. The Section 6 of KLU is “Land cultivated with any food crops not to be
cultivated with any other food crop –
(1) No holder of any land , which has been under cultivation with any food crops
for a continues period of 3 years immediately before the commencement of
this order shall convert or attempt convert or utilize or attempt to utilize such
land for the cultivation of any other food crops or for any other purpose
except under and in accordance with the terms of a written permission given
by the Collector.
(Explanation – for the purpose of this sub clause and sub clause 2 removal of
tree-growth whether partial or total, on any land cultivated with cardamom
shall deemed to be an attempt to convert or utilize such land for purpose
other than cultivation of Cardamom)
(2) No holder of any land who cultivates any land with any food crop for a
continuous period of three years at any time after the commencement of
this Order shall, after the said period of three years, convert or attempt to
convert or utilize or attempt to utilize such land for the cultivation of any
other food crop or for any other purpose except under and in accordance
with the terms of a written permission given by the Collector.
[Provided that further that the land under cultivation of paddy should
not be converted or attempted to be converted or utilize or attempted to be
utilized for fish culture permanently, but only seasonally]
9. It is seen that the difference between 6(1) and 6(2) is of the period, before or
after the commencement of the order in 1967 .When we compare it to
information revealed by petitioner and in reports the period of conversion
comes as per the age of trees given in the report as about twenty to twenty five
years, which may be a period of 1990 to 1995, when KLU order was in force.
The very important question arises when such a conversion was done why the
written permission of District Collector was not taken by the petitioner? Why
the petitioner has not approached District Collector at that time for a
mandatory permission? Petitioner or reports does not mention anything in this
The current status of land may not be suitable for the paddy cultivation but it
does not validate the conversion done without permission in past and thus
petitioner is asking this forum for regularization of an unauthorised conversion
of land, and this forum does not have any power to do so and there is no
provision for that under KLU vested in this authority.
10. So on the basis of observations and points discussed above, as summarised in
1. It is correct that the land is classified as NILAM in Basic Tax
Register but in actual it is not suitable for paddy cultivation, but how it
converted to such a state is not described in application of petitioner or
2. Current status of nature of land does not validate the
unauthorised conversion done in past. This authority does not have
powers to validate or regularize it and there is no procedure seen in KLU
order for it.
3. The spirit of KLU lies in essential commodities Act and to
enhance food crop cultivation, ensure food security of the region and
construction of building cannot be the first priority for the terms of a
written permission to be given by collector.
4. This authority does not have powers to change the nature of the
classification of the land as per the directions of the Government.
In the above circumstances, so the application of petitioner is hereby
rejected under section 6(2) of KLU order and all the orders passed before in t his
regard are recalled. If aggrieved by this order petitioner can make necessary
appeal as per procedure established. The direction of Honorable High Court is
here by complied with.