The Land and Land Development Ministry has commenced a programme to hand back lands in Kilinochchi District to its former owners.
Land and Land Development Ministry Secretary Ashoka Peiris told media that 4,000 land related cases have been taken up by the Karachchi Divisional Secretariat in the Kilinochchi District.
Among the issues that are currently being addressed by the Divisional Secretariat include the loss of original documents and requests for ownership of lands that had been given away by the LTTE during the period of the war.
The Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has recommended the government to review the existing High Security Zones, as well as small extents of private land currently utilized for security purposes, with a view to release more land while keeping national security needs in perspective.
It also recommended provision of alternate lands and or payment of compensation within a specific time frame if the government occupied lands cannot be released to the owners.