A Record 683 Acres of Land Released to Jaffna People
In line with the government's policy of releasing
civilians' land, hitherto used by Jaffna Security Forces, the Sri Lanka
Army without compromising national security interests released a record
683 acres of land in Thelippalei Divisional Secretariat area to 964
legal owners during a ceremony, held this morning (13) in the same
location, Thelippalei under the auspices of the Commander of the Army,
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and the District Secretary for
Jaffna, Mr Nagalingam Vedanayaham.
The release of those lands continuing for the last
couple of months, following an initiative taken by the Army itself, has
however not necessitated either the removal or shifting of any security
formation operating in the said portion of the land in Thellippalei,
Release of lands, organized by the Security Force
Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) under the guidance of Major General
Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna took place
as a New Year bonanza on the eve of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year- 2018.
The gesture, organized jointly by Ministry of National
Integration and Reconciliation, Ministry of Prison Reforms,
Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, District
Secretariat for Jaffna and the SFHQ-J was attended by a large gathering
of people including the beneficiaries.
Friday's release of 683 more acres of the Palaly Army
camp area, the biggest chunk of land released to the Jaffna public on a
single day, adds a historic chapter to the government's ongoing projects
of reconciliation and ethnic harmony.
Commander of the Army formally gave away documents
pertaining to the release of lands symbolically to the District
Secretary who was present there.
Commander, SF-J, state officials, land recipients and
members of the public in the area attended the occasion.
Courtesy : Army media Unit