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Sri Lanka army to release 1201.88 acres of land

Staff Writer | January 20, 2019
Sri Lanka Army, is set to release 1201.88 acres of Army-used state and private lands in the North, with no impact for national security during ceremonies in Mullaittivu and in the North on Monday, presided by the President Maithripala Sirisena.
Mahesh Senanayake
Asia   Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake
According to a media release by the Sri Lanka Army, release of these lands includes 972 acres of state land in Kilinochchi and 120 acres of state land in Mullaittivu, where the Army has been running farms, Asian Tribune reported.

Similarly, 46.11 acres of state land in Jaffna and the Wanni and 63.77 acres of private land in Jaffna and the Wanni will also be accordingly released under this programme in Mullaittivu.

The Army release further revealed that the ceremony to release the scheduled total of 1201.88 acreage, including Nachchikuda, Vellankulam and Udayarkattukulam Army farms is coordinated by the Security Fore Headquarters - Mullaittivu, Office of the Governor for Northern Province, District Secretariats, respective Divisional Secretariats and the Army Directorate of Quartering and Real Estate.

The process to release northern and eastern lands, belonging to civilians and the state that bear no impact on national security needs began last year in earnest, following a Presidential directive.

Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army promptly responded and instructed accordingly to abide by the Presidential directive with the objective of further promoting gestures of goodwill and reconciliation.