The Army is expected to release around 700 acres of private land currently occupied by them back to the civilians living in the Northern Province. According to the Government Agent of Jaffna N. Vethanayahan this decision was taken following a request made by him to the Army top brass in an effort to expedite the resettlement process of the displaced people.
Vethanayahan had initially requested the Army to release 1500 acres of land which is currently being occupied by the security forces, however the Army had instead agreed to release 700 acres.
The Army has cited ‘national security’ as the reason for not releasing the balance land for the moment.
President Maithripala Sirisena recently assured that the land issues in the North will be settled within the next three months, and the government has to set up a special task force to expedite the resettlement process in the North.
The Military continues to occupy several thousand acres of land in the North, impeding the resettlement process.