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* Lands Ministry commences handing over lands in Northern Sri Lanka to former owners
Mon, Oct 15, 2012, 09:22 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 15, Colombo: The Land and Land Development Ministry of Sri Lanka has commenced a programme to hand back lands in the Kilinochchi District in the Northern Province to its former owners.

Land and Land Development Ministry Secretary Ashoka Peiris has told the 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.

Meanwhile, a special discussion is to be held next month in the Jaffna District to discuss the handing over of private lands being occupied by the military in high security zones (HSZs).

Also, the Nallur Divisional Secretariat is to file legal action against moves by the military to acquire a land that is under its purview.

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.

** Related Story :: Residents of Northern Sri Lanka demand return of lands

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