Kerala to act tough on clubs with dues

June 6th, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, June 6 (IANS) Kerala Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran Friday warned of strict action against all private clubs that have outstanding dues. “Assembly committees have found out that there are huge outstanding dues by these clubs on government land all across the state. We are determined to take action against all such clubs,” Rajendran told reporters.

Reports indicate that there are 36 clubs on government property in eight districts. Of these, three clubs in the state capital have dues totalling nearly Rs.80 million.

“There is no point in saying that the land was given by the British government or local kings or even by the state government. What they have to pay has to be paid and if not action will be taken against such establishments,” added Rajendran.

The state government last Saturday decided to take over a golf club, frequented by politicians and bureaucrats, located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram. But the Kerala High Court Tuesday asked the government to hand over the club back to its members.

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