‘Land for All’ initiative launched

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, steps will be taken to legally grant land and house ownership to millions of people who do not have a deed to their own lands and homes.

The programme to hand over land ownership to landless families under the ‘Land for All’ initiative began on Friday (24) morning at the Prime Minister’s Office.

This programme is implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Lands through the Land Reforms Commission and the Department of the Land Commissioner General.

Minister of Tourism and Lands, Harin Fernando said the first step in granting land ownership to all persons in the island who do not have a legal title to the land will be the issuance of deeds from today.

The Minister further said, arrangements have been made to issue between 1,000 and 3,000 deeds to land owners every week under this programme, which was prepared with the objective of giving those who have lost their land a legal right. Parallel to this programme, title deeds were issued in Puttalam and Kurunegala Divisional Secretariats on Friday (24).

Minister of Labour and External Affairs Manusha Nanayakkara, Chairman of the Land Reforms Commission, the Commissioner General of Lands, and a number of officials and deed holders were present at the occasion, which symbolised the awarding of title deeds.