This Act aims to regulate the conversion and development of paddy fields and protect wetland areas in order to promote agricultural growth, ensure food security and sustain the ecological system in the State of Kerala.The Act provides for the establishment of a Local Level Monitoring Committee in each Panchayat or Municipality, a State Level Committee and a District Level Authorized Committee in each District to decide on the reclamation of paddy land for public purposes or for construction of residential building for owners of the paddy land.The Act prohibits the conversion or reclamation of paddy land except in accordance with the provisions of this Act, and totally prohibits the reclamation of wetland and removal of sand from it.The Act further provides for: appointment of authorized officers and their powers; directions to cultivate paddy land left fallow; powers of entry and seizure of officers of the Revenue Department or of officers authorized by the Government; offences and penalties; etc.
Amended by: Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland (Amendment) Act, 2011 (Act No. 14 of 2011). (2011)
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