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GEMS Foundation | Sections & Schemes | Free Land Distribution Scheme

Free Land Distribution Scheme

The pitiable plight of the large number landless and homeless people in India has encouraged GEMS to embark on an ambitious project of purchasing and distributing plots of land, each measuring 2 cents (871 sq.ft) to one thousand landless families from different districts of Kerala, expected to cost more than one crore rupees. This has been hailed by many as a landmark in the history of humanitarian efforts to rehabilitate the needy and socio - economically poor, on a large scale.


Applications were invited through notifications in leading newspapers. More than 10,000 responses were received. A rigorous selection process lasting for 5 months soon followed. Preference was given to deserted/battered/ divorced women, widows, backward castes, poor families etc. A final list of 1000 selected applicants was published in the newspapers.


The next step was to identify land suitable for housing. As a result, more than 10 acres of land was acquired by GEMS at Nedumangadu (Trivandrum Dist), Mulavana (Kollam Dist), Adoor (Pathanamthitta Dist), Nelluvai (Trichur Dist), Karipode (Palakkad Dist), and at Kaoorachundu (Kozhikode Dist).


Suitable land was also identified in the remaining districts by the applicants at their own discretion.


Title deeds were distributed to the first 250 beneficiaries, at an elaborate function attended by distinguished personalities, officials and religious leaders, in Trivandrum on 22-12-2000. Following this, another batch of title deeds were distributed to an additional 250 beneficiaries personally. Efforts are now being made to initiate large scale housing schemes / projects with the help of various government/ funding agencies.