New laws to allow People to claim ownership

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The Government hopes to have legislation approved in Parliament next week providing for war affected people in the North to obtain ownership to their land which they had abandoned even if it was for more than ten years because of the conflict.

According to the present Law of Prescriptive Rights, a person cannot claim the right to his land if it has been abandoned for more than ten years. However, the Act is to be amended to exempt those who had been forced to abandoned their land during the 30-year conflict. The problem is acute in the North and East.

These people encountered difficulties in claiming their lands due to restrictions in the present law. In the East, thousands of acres of paddy land could not be cultivated during the war. The new legislation, if enacted, will bring benefits especially to Sri Lankan refugees returning to the country.

The new legislation is listed for debate in the House next week. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Ranjitdea Thursday, 31 March 2016 03:54 AM

    Does this law applies to lands grabbed by politicians and their underworld gangs in other parts of the country?

    xfernando Wednesday, 30 March 2016 06:14 PM

    The right to claim ownership is one of the fundamental tenants of a healthy democracy; in fact it is considered to be one of the three pillars, that are prevalent in all developed countries. Unfortunately having any time limit on the right to claim ownership, whether it is 10 years or 30 years seriously undermines wealth generation, ownership and in turn undermines foundations of democracy and healthy development. No wonder Sri Lanka and its society never sees light when it comes to development; it has all its core principles lopsided.

    Ratna, C Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:17 PM

    It is a good move on the part of the Govt. This will no doubt help rebuilding the divided nation!

    Harsha Wednesday, 30 March 2016 10:14 AM

    good move...

    Derek Wednesday, 30 March 2016 11:28 AM

    This is should get applied to the whole country, not only N


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