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Farmers to receive their lands back

PM Rajapaksa’s decision commended

Nearly 1,500 farmer families in the Irudeniyaya Colony in the Polpithigama Divisional Secretariat (DS) division commend Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s directions to issue deeds.

They added that they would receive their lands back after 30 years as their lands were acquired by way of a Gazette notification.

They pointed out that the lands they were cultivating were taken over by the Forest Conservation Department in 1989 through a special Gazette notification during the R. Premadasa Government.

“Our farmlands and houses too had been included in the gazetted area without our knowledge,” K.Y. Piyasena, the President of the Irudeniyaya Pahala Farmer Organization said.

“Although the Forest Conservation Department had agreed to release these lands to the farmers in 2002 it has not been done so far.”

This problem has been dragging on since 1969 without a solution. Nearly 500 letters have been sent to the responsible authorities in this regard. The Prime Minister has directed the responsible authorities to take action to issue these deeds within three months.