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All lands in the Northern Province will release to original owners Featured

August 23, 2018

88% of land in the Northern Province under the control of Security Forces has been released to the original owners and   President Maithripala Sirisena says the government has a clear policy to release the remaining 12% of the land also to its original owners promptly. The President further said that steps will be taken in the next two weeks to release the lands, which are still under the control of Security Forces, belongs to several schools including the Myliddy school.

The President made these remarks participating in the inauguration ceremony of reconstructed Myliddy fishery harbour and re-launching of the operational works of the harbour, today (22). Under the ‘A Compassionate Maithri Governance – A Stable Country’ programme these construction works were carried out at a cost of Rs.400 million.

President Sirisena further said that a swift programme will be implemented to provide to the people living near the proximity of the fishery harbour, who lost their lands. The President emphasized that the objective and aspiration of all should be to act in a manner in a way which will not leave room for a war again.

He also said that the government during the last three years worked with commitment to protect and free the country from allegations leveled against the country internationally while fulfilling the responsibilities of post-war period dutifully, to build the achieved freedom into a true liberty. The President further said that the government is paying special attention to ensure the development rights of the people in the North and East.

In this regard a Special Presidential Task Force has been established, the President said that adding that the Task Force will meet frequently   to discuss the progress of its works. The President recalled that no other President ever travelled to the North like himself and said that he frequently travelled to the North to identify the issues of the people and to expedite the relief works in this regard.

Expressing his views regarding the drug menace which is challenge to the whole country including the North said that without any reluctance steps will be taken to enforce the rules and regulations including the capital punishment against persons who engaged in drug smuggling even when they are in prison.A souvenir was presented to the President expressing the gratitude of the Myliddy fisheries community. The President also engaged in a cordial discussion with the people living there.

Minister Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi, Deputy Ministers Angajan Ramanathan, Cadar Mastan, Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray, MPs Vijayakala Maheswaran, Mavai Senathirajah, D. Siddarthan and others participated on this occasion.