In a bid to solve the land issue in the Northern Province, more than 19,200 lands deeds are to be issued among the people in the area at a ceremony to be held in Kilinochchi under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday (Oct. 12).
According to Sri Lanka Freedom Party Organizer for Kilinochchi District Geethanjali Naguleshwaran, this is the first time that a large number of people are assured of their rights to own a piece of land, by the Government, she said.
She said that the Government is in the process of solving the land disputes of the people who are living in the Northern Province in a systematic manner with the proper coordination of District Secretariats and the Divisional Secretaries.
Meanwhile, Land Commissioner General R.P. R. Rajapaksa said a special program is in place in the Northern Province to implement the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations in terms of solving land issues of the people in the province.
He said the distribution of land deedts to over 18,000 people next Sunday will take place in Kilinochchi as part of this program. "The Government has already settled a significant number of land disputes out of a total identified land issues amounting to over 200,000 in the Northern Province. The lands disputes of the people who were affected by the conflict in the North will receive pride of place under this program," he said.
The Commissioner General added that the land disputes of the people living in all parts of the Northern Province will be solved gradually.
He said that the Lands Ministry, Lands Reforms Commission and the Lands Department of the Northern Provincial Council and the District and Divisional Secretaries in the Northern Province extended their support to this program.