AG to compile demarcation report

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By 2017-07-17

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

The Attorney General would compile the demarcation report which is needed to implement the Government's decision on amending the Land Ordinance, the Secretary to the Ministry of Land I.H.K. Mahanama told Ceylon Today. The key intend of the amendment is to resolve the complicated legal issues in terms of utilizing about two million plots of land which are allocated to the people by the government. However, the secretary said that it was a challenge to compile a single law in terms of land rights in a multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-political society.

"The problem is mainly with the Deeds like Swarna Bhumi and Jaya Bhumi issued by the Government to hand over the land rights to public. This action was taken after a lengthy study by the experts like social scientists. The diversity of the communities was considered then. But it is not easy for the people to utilize these lands in simple terms. The reason is the diversity and the complexity of the methodologies of land distribution. The amendment to the Land Ordinance aims at minimizing the complexities and making the land use easier. We face the difficulty of making a methodology which can address all the diverse factors in terms of this," Mahanama explained. He further said that President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Land Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Justice Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, the Attorney General and Legal Draftsman had discussed the issue on 27 June.

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