Given above is the RTI reply received from Munnar DFO. it is clear that, as per the govt order Go(ms)379/80/RD dated 19.09.80, revenue dept must hand over 17922 Acre forest land to forest department. But this land is neither with revenue department, nor with forest dept. Actually it is with the encroachers or tata.
Anyway, the proposed forest notification declared by state forest minister will cover only 17349 acre. (Read the minister's declaration in media). That is, instead of 17922 Acre, forest dept will now notify only 17349 acre. Deducting 500 acre from the notification, govt can help encroachers. Buildings and reports in Munnar town including Party officer will be saved through this deduction.
If govt failed to notify the full land, as per earlier govt order, it will nullify the proceedings. And encroachers can approach the high court to grand their right over the encroached land.
For saving the encroachers, officers are misguiding the minister and the govt to notify 17349 acre only. The missing 500 acre, there lies the real Munnar Politics.