President hands over deeds of over 700 acres lands to land-owners in Jaffna
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday (12) handed over title land deeds of newly released land in Jaffna that had been used by the security forces to the original owners of those lands.
President Sirisena handed over the deeds to 701 acres of land to 700 original land-owners during a ceremony held at Nadeshvar College, in Jaffna.
At the ceremony, organized by the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J), the owners of 490.91 acres of land in Kopai, 210.07 acres in Thelippalai and separate 6.2 acres from Jaffna Nadeshvar College premises received the title deeds.
Accordingly, 650 families in Thelippalai and 50 families in Kopai were endowed with their rights for their homelands. Consequently, all lands in Kopai which were under the control of security forces have been released.
Also, the Nadeswara Maha Vidyalaya in Thelippalai which had been using by the security forces during the time of war, was released for the education of the children in the area and the proprietorship was bestowed to the Principals of the school after 25 years.
The President also visited a model house built in Thelippalai under the project to build 65, 000 houses for the displaced. He pointed out the importance to plan those houses, considering the interest of the people who are going to reside in the houses.
Addressing the gathering of the ceremony the President emphasized that the government is protecting the rights of all people both in the North and the South.
He also ensured that the Government would give priority to resettle the displaced in the North in their places of origin.
He stated that a group of extremists in the South is making various allegations and criticisms against this program. He requested them to come to the North and witness the poor situation of the innocent people, living in the camps.
Chief Minister of Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran, the Governor of Northern Province Reginald Cooray, Minister D.M. Swaminathan, State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, MPs, District and Divisional Secretaries, Commander of the Army, together with Inspector General of Police, SFHQ Commanders, Senior officers and civilians in the area participated in the event.