Sept 13, Colombo: The government has decided to issue legal documents to those who have been occupying State lands for residential and business purposes.
The relevant Extraordinary gazette has been published inviting the occupants of state lands to apply for the legal documents of ownership.
The measure was taken as managing state lands at its optimum level to enhance investment opportunities, to promote local dairy production and to cultivate local food crops is one of the main objectives of the government in terms of the “Visions of prosperity and Splendor” policy statement.
Accordingly, as an initiative to reach that goal, it has been planned to issue legal document immediately in a transparent manner, to the persons who have develop the state land without a formal document aiming to ensure the clear title of the land to Sri Lankan citizens.
This program will be implemented to grant a legal document to the people identified as persons who unauthorizedly occupy the state lands and confirming their eligibility, to confirm their ownership.
Applications are invited from those who have constructed permanent houses in a state land, occupied a state land by utilizing it in agriculture or in any development activity to select eligible persons for the issuance of legal documents covering the entire island except in Colombo and Gampaha districts where special development projects will be implemented.
The applicants are instructed to hand over the duly completed application to the Divisional Secretariat, in which the land is located or to the respective Grama Niladhari/Field officer before 30 September 2020.