Aug 10, Colombo: According to a senior official of the Land Ministry over 25,000 hectares of land taken over by the state have been lost.
The lost lands were part of the land taken over under 1972 No: 01 Land Reform Commission Act and related amendments to the Act, the Sunday Sinhala language newspaper The Divaina reported.
The official has told the newspaper that there were serious doubts whether these lands had been taken over by politicians or their cohorts.
The official said that the reason for the situation is the failure from the part of governments that came to power since 1972 to follow a proper policy regarding state land.
According to the records of the Land Reform Commissions 153,442 hectares of land have been granted to the Janatha Estate Development Board (JEDB) but the JEDB has recorded only 140,761.03 hectares.
Similarly, State Plantation Corporation (SPC) has also been vested with 117,753 acres by Land Reform Commissions but the SPC has recorded only 94,571.45 hectares.
An investigation is needed to be conducted to find out what has happened to around 25,000 hectares of land, the official stressed.