November 13, 2018

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    President asks to speed up Irrigation Ordinance Amendments

    July 30, 2018

    President Maithripala has instructed to accelerate amending the Irrigation Ordinance.Irrigation Water Resources and Disaster Management Minister Duminda Dissanayake said the draft of the amendments was submitted to the Legal Draftman's Department to inspect and approve it initially. Once the department approved it, the draft would be forwarded to the Attorney General for the sanction before submitting it to Parliament, he said.

    ''The Irrigation Department is functioning for nearly 120 years. The country's first Irrigation Ordinance came into effect in 1856 as the Irrigation and Paddy Fields Cultivation Ordinance of No. 9. The irrigation officials undergo numerous difficulties due to ambiguities in the irrigation legislations.

    Therefore, revision of the Irrigation Ordinance is an urgent requirement. The Land Policy in 2015 suggests that the Irrigation Ordinance is outdated now," Alwis said. Once the amended Irrigation Ordinance come into force, the lawsuits against those who encroach on irrigation reservation would be accelerated and developing water resources, managing water, conserving irrigation systems and executing related administrative work could be achieved efficiently and productively.

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