Rishard has no power to distribute Wilpattu land: Audit report

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Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen has no authority to order the Director General of Forest Conservation to release the lands of Vilaththikulam forest reserve for resettlement, according to an audit report.

The report says that the Director General of Conservative of Forest too has no power to release 650 acres from that forest as it has been declared as a reserve. It has been revealed that lands have been distributed among people who were not displaced .

Of them, 1030 families out of 1371 families had taken plots of lands though they had such property elsewhere. The report said though the lands should be allocated among people who were dispossessed due to the war, the beneficiaries were not war affected people. The Auditors have found that though they claimed ownership to these lands after 2009, they failed to produce any document proof of their residence in the area before that.

This report says that an environment impact assessment report has not been obtained and it would have obtained before clear the forest reserve of 650 acres according to the law.

It has been further recommended that the steps must be taken to allocate lands according prevailing law and identify the correct people who have no lands.

In this resettlement, the government should interfere and NGOs who are contributing money and development should do according to national policies, the auditors have recommended.(Vineetha M. Gamage)

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  • Lord Wolfstein Monday, 25 December 2017 09:36 AM

    Throw out the intruders and let Rishard Bathiudeen pay for the reforestation

    ceylon Monday, 25 December 2017 09:35 AM

    these lands belong to these people before the praba chased them away 20 plus years ago.now people returned to the area. via DM Android App

    Saman Monday, 25 December 2017 11:29 AM

    Only animals lived there in the reserve. Are you referring to them?

    serendip Monday, 25 December 2017 11:37 AM

    @ceylon. Can you prove it?

    Raj Monday, 25 December 2017 12:18 PM

    Support your religion - not a problem - but dont try to eat others for your un-planed population growth like cockroaches without proper living standard and education. just use a user name as "Islam" these kind of "ceylon" cover-up not necessary :) will not work anymore! Rishard tried these kind of cheep tricks and got caught !!!

    Anjula Monday, 25 December 2017 01:24 PM

    You have proven that there is nothing wrong in what That Myanma has done to your peoples.

    Dma Monday, 25 December 2017 04:31 PM

    Are you serious or just kidding

    avantha Monday, 25 December 2017 05:11 PM

    Great Comment by Raj, exactly true

    Real Peace Monday, 25 December 2017 05:27 PM

    How this govt is going to take action this errant minister? Why did this take such a long time to unearth actually what had happened? Are we going to appoint a Presidential Commission every time our conservation lands are vandalized? Why did the state machinery fail to take prompt action at the beginning in the first place? After all, what bloody BBS leader said is correct..!!! Shame on you SL govt!!!

    Dee Monday, 25 December 2017 05:41 PM

    'Ceylon' have some respect for humans . You referring to them as animals who lived there.

    voter Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:13 AM

    All men are considered intelligent until they they open their mouth to speak. whereas in your case until they bring pen to paper.

    SL Monday, 25 December 2017 09:50 AM

    Those who killed Dalaputtuwa and This man has no difference .Both criminals shall be punished severely !

    ANTON Monday, 25 December 2017 09:59 AM


    Nira Tuesday, 26 December 2017 06:13 AM

    This worthless Catholic cannot keep his 2 cents in the church and I don’t understand why daily mirror is posting this guys low caliber comments all the time.

    ANTON Tuesday, 26 December 2017 08:12 AM


    veterinarian Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:54 AM

    @ or a wild boar

    Saman Monday, 25 December 2017 10:11 AM

    Minorities votes matters.. so no actions against them. The final verdict.

    Fernandez Monday, 25 December 2017 10:28 AM

    Throw this criminal behind bars to rot.

    A. K. Adwani Monday, 25 December 2017 10:40 AM

    The Auditor has failed to check the valid reasons behind the allocation of land this is done according to the claims.

    logical Monday, 25 December 2017 11:39 AM

    You can't allocate land from a reservation.

    Royce Monday, 25 December 2017 10:41 AM

    Put this fellow in Jail

    Casanova Monday, 25 December 2017 10:56 AM

    This guy has more money than Ravi k and much more intelligent than the latter too. No tenders for rice imports. Money talks.

    Countryman Monday, 25 December 2017 11:47 AM

    ...also he is powerful enough to manipulate the government!

    ceylon Monday, 25 December 2017 11:34 AM

    no equall right for all citizens mean sooner of later war is on the way.homeless need homesmoneyless need jobsvictims need justice. via DM Android App

    Liberal One Monday, 25 December 2017 12:09 PM

    Then let the war come. I mean these forests will be way more valuable than petroleum in 20, 30 years time. If a war is what we have to pay in price to protect our forests let it come

    Nish Monday, 25 December 2017 12:16 PM

    last time I checked Canada doesnt allow muslim marriage law like in Sri Lanka but they dont have a war. Saudi Arabia delivers death penalty if somone found practicing Buddhism and they dont have a war either

    atheist Monday, 25 December 2017 12:56 PM

    We know that representatives from a certain minority seem to want to create trouble with the majority and claim they are being victimised when the law is enacted. Every time a member of this group is involved in an illegal activity, others from the group get involved and try to make it an ethnic issue.

    Moorkara Monday, 25 December 2017 12:09 PM

    Guys before comes to conclusion, check the de forestatioin your own back yard , you cant ask for a documents those been chased by LTTE with in an hour ...not surprised audit on audit findings..

    bbod Monday, 25 December 2017 03:12 PM

    That doesn't mean that a minister can carve up a reservation and give it to a particular ethnic group.

    Athakolla Monday, 25 December 2017 12:40 PM

    Environment has rights too, if it's war we are prepared for it. Get rid of this minister. Telocate the people, prepare for war.

    Casanova Monday, 25 December 2017 01:30 PM

    You fool, we yet to recover from the past war, another war is the last thing our country needs, if he could prove that thiscarea belongs his electorate people, let him compensate in another area probably in Vanni, he has enough.money to buy those bare lands.

    Unchikun Monday, 25 December 2017 01:08 PM

    This call for a presidential commission to investigate. The better option is a international judge. This fellow has been ripping our jungles under two governments with their blessings.

    Athacolla Monday, 25 December 2017 01:14 PM

    We who love the country needs to show responsibility to it's most vunerable, which is it's natural environment including animals and birds. If we have to defend it with arms, that we must do. Prosecute those responsible and remove them from power. Threats like war as mensioned, we fought and won against worst adversaries, supported by our naubours who are stronger than many recent upstarts.

    Hellwelcomes Monday, 25 December 2017 01:53 PM

    There is enough land in the Middle East countries for growing Muslim population in the world.

    SN Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:01 AM

    Point is Non Muslims have occupied

    ceylon Monday, 25 December 2017 01:52 PM

    he provided homes for homeless.what about mahinda family.they looted trillions but didnt give any needy person even one rupee. via DM Android App

    wild boar Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:16 AM

    You can't take what belongs to others, whether for yourself or to distribute.

    reality Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:06 AM

    This comment just reveals your clannish mindset.

    Citizen Perera Monday, 25 December 2017 02:42 PM

    If we can get a satellite picture taken about 20 years ago ... we will be able to judge the situation....

    Ranjitdea Monday, 25 December 2017 02:46 PM

    If the joint opposition can join the Government many of these political issues would not arise

    Lankan Monday, 25 December 2017 02:52 PM

    Next war is not with Tamils!

    Sambo Tuesday, 26 December 2017 08:21 AM

    The public has a good knowledge of who this minister is. So don't try to white wash his sins.

    Martin Milton Tuesday, 26 December 2017 08:21 AM

    Where are the screams and protests from this so called Joint opposition against this utter time serving traitorous and anti national Minister. As we hear there have been vast accusations against him regarding support for Muslim Fundamentalism. The JO seems to be speechless and suffering from the 'Ostrich syndrome' ! Very unhealthy for Sri Lanka striving so hard to maintain brotherhood among all races living there..MM

    Abu Umar Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:15 AM

    It is shocking to see racially motivated comments in this column.First we all must understand that Muslims are also equal citizens in this country. They did not fall from the sky. They are native to this land. May be few Arabs came long years ago and married local women. But it doesn't mean that the entire Muslim population is of Arab origin. Most of the Muslims are the decedents of Buddhists and Hindus. Genetically studies prove them very clearly. So, though we are religiously segregated, we are from a common source.Secondly, some are speaking of war. Though you seems to like war, it is a curse and driven by the rich and the powerful for monitory benefits. Only the poor and the weak will pay the price. So, do not wish for war for even your enemies.

    sad Tuesday, 26 December 2017 08:43 PM

    Unfortunately Muslims don't think of others that way. That's the issue

    Abu Umar Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:17 AM

    Finally, Wilpattu matter has been twisted and turned by parties with ulterior motives. If Rishad had done something wrong, it should be dealt with legally without blaming the entire Muslim community. In the mean time, the people who were ethnically chased by LTTE in the 1990s should be brought back to their rightful lands. Be it in Wilpattu or otherwise.

    Prashan Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:44 AM

    Business persons chased away from Pettah during 1983 riots should be brought back to their rightful businesses. Buildings owned by these people now occupied by majority Muslim Businesses should be returned to these people who were chased away. After that lets talk about relocating people in Wilpattu.

    Ranga Tuesday, 26 December 2017 03:41 PM

    @ Prashan! When a tiger and a lion fights, fox benefits.

    vithura Tuesday, 26 December 2017 04:25 PM

    Well said Ranga!

    Arnold Tuesday, 26 December 2017 05:01 PM

    Take a walk along main street, 4th cross street, and 5th cross street and see for yourself who is controlling the mega businesses. Muslims are mostly engaged in pavement hawking and small retail business.

    Trumph Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:41 AM

    With or without power it is happened. Now surely nobody to correct it.Main reason would be the incapability of governments. Loss of the trust upon the existing government.At present right or wrong nobody trust upon the government, both this as well as past.Coz politicians cannot be trusted.

    Arnold Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:32 AM

    If Rishad has done something illegal why not file court cases instead of talking crap?? Are police, hundreds of thousands of lawyers, the entire judiciary there for scraping coconuts?

    SL Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:36 AM

    Destroying reserved forest is not at all acceptable this forests serves not to a single ethnic group. it serves all the country .so all are responsible for protecting the forests. Rishad made it an ethnic issue for his benefits

    galleguy Tuesday, 26 December 2017 12:17 PM

    @ceylon,your comment exposed yourself as a naked fellow in public.

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