Sept 23, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday handed over land permits and related documents to the farmers who are living in state government lands in the Kurunegala District.
A national program has been launched to issue land deeds and permits to one million citizens of Sri Lanka. Under this program 2000 deeds and permits were handed over to the farmer community residing in state lands in Kurunegala as well as to those relocated due to development works.
Addressing the occasion, the President said as a President who knows the woes and worries of the common people, he is always ready to deliver on the expectations of those who are tolerating great hardships.
President Sirisena said that the current government strives to ensure that all citizens of Sri Lanka has the rightful ownership of a plot of land.
The land permits and the documents were handed over to people in Galgamuwa, Anamaduwa, Giribawa, Ambanpola, Mahawa and Galkiriyagama Divisional Secretariat areas in the Kurunegala District.
President also presented a land deed to the Chief Prelate of Panduwasnuwara West Shashanarakshaka Mandala and Paduwasnuwara Pandukabhaya Parivena, as well as and twin temples of Horagolla Medhankara Buddhist Vihara and Diggalla Shayilaramaya Ven. Wahanthure Siddhartha Thero.
President Sirisena also presented land permits to Civil Defense Department, and the Health Services Department of North Western Province.
Ministers Gayantha Karunathilake, S.B. Navinne, Duminda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Indika Bandaranayake, Governor of North Western Province K.K. Logeshwaran, Chief Minister Dharmasiri Dassanayake, Secretary of Ministry of Land and Parliamentary reforms W.S. Karunaratne, District Secretary Gamini Illangarathne and others were present in this event.
The President handed over a land deed to Chief Monk of Pandukabaya Pirivena Venerable Wahanthure Siddhartha Thera. The President also handed over land permits to Civil Defense Department and the Wayamba Province Health Services Department.