Presidential Task Force on development of North and East Provinces meets
[April 05 2019]
The release of military acquired lands in the North
and East has been accelerated following the establishment of the Special
Task force for the development of North and East Province.
This was stated by the security forces at the meeting
of the Presidential Task Force for the Development of the North and East
today (April 4) chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. The Task
Force was established in August last year by the President to expedite
the development of the North and the East, that suffered during the long
After the establishment of the Task Force, 6951 acres
of land in the two province have been released with support of all
parties including the Governors of the Northern and Eastern Provinces,
and another 475 acres of land will be released in the near future.
The Presidential Task force for the development of the
North and East was met yesterday (03rd) afternoon at the Parliamentary
premises chaired by the President.
In this meeting, attention was focused on the issues
and suggestions presented by political representatives of the areas in
the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
The President also instructed the two governors of the
two provinces to intervene in the matter and discuss the issue with the
military authorities to expedite the issues. He instructed the relevant
officials to submit all future issues to the meeting if there are issues
beyond their control.
At the end of the humanitarian operation in 2009,
nearly 84,675 acres of land in the North and the East remained with the
security forces. The clearance of lands of by de-mining process was
accelerated after President assumed office in January 2015 with the
total land area of 84,675 acres at present, 71,178 acres has been
Accordingly, 13,497 acres of land is in the custody of
the security forces, of which 11,039 acres of land are state owned
lands. A further 475 acres of land will be released in the coming days.
Accordingly, the state lands in the North and East which were in the
custody of the Security Forces (81%) and the private lands belonging to
the private sector (90%) have been released. The President also
instructed the officials to release the rest of the lands in an
accelerated manner and to expedite the payment of compensation.
The leader of the Tamil National Alliance, Mr. R.
Sampandan and political representatives, Governor of the Northern
Province Dr. Suren Raghavan, Governor of the Eastern Province, Mr.
M.L.A.M. Hissbulla, Secretary to the President Mr. Udaya R. Senevirathne
and the state officials, three commanders of the Army forces and the IGP
were also present at this meeting.