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All lands not occupied by forces to be released: Defence Secretary

27 June 2016 10:02 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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All the lands except the ones occupied for the purpose of security in North and East will be released while paying compensation for the lands that were acquired, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hetttiarachchi said.

He said this at a function of releasing 201.3 acres of land for resettlement within the High Security Zone in Valikamam North.

"President Maitripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil wickremasinhe are trying their best to resettle people living in welfare camps and other places in their own lands. We have come here on their instruction. Now moves are under way to release all lands except the ones indispensable for the defence in North and East," he said.

"The security forces are working hard in this respect. However we have not identified the land area required by the the forces.Studies are being undretaken on this subject. However compensation will be paid for the lands if they are acquired," the Defence Secretary said.

"We can’t rush releasing the lands for resettlement which ought be done methodically in a staggered basis. Those landless people sheltered in welfare camps will be given lands by Jaffna District Secretariat," he said.(Sornakumar Soruban)

  Comments - 8

  • Sharon Monday, 27 June 2016 03:54 PM

    He'll go mad very soon as there's so much pressure to handle. Imagine, if we have war now?

    Lankan Monday, 27 June 2016 05:27 PM

    The displaces people in the north are in refugee camps but the forces are running hotels and cafes in their land!

    TJ Monday, 27 June 2016 10:25 AM

    Then, are you going to release Lakshman Kadirgamar's land to the heirs to his property?

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 27 June 2016 10:26 AM

    However land occupied by the Security Forces on the basis of running shops, hotels and guest houses and commercial activity cannot be classified as "purpose of security". All such land needs to be returned.

    Tapas Monday, 27 June 2016 10:42 AM

    No matter what you do to appease the TNA they tell a different story to the world

    Maya Monday, 27 June 2016 11:14 AM

    No mate, if the DS talks in percentage then you will understands why Northerners complains. He should say that out of what the forces occupied, we are releasing around 10% or so now!

    Rattapakse Monday, 27 June 2016 11:59 AM

    Well said. MR has built a luxury palace 'Navy House' as presidential suite. MS shown no interest in that and the NPC asks that to be given them.

    kk Monday, 27 June 2016 12:36 PM

    Done via DM Android App


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