Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo today to discuss matters pertaining to the land issues in the Northern Province.
During the meeting, Wigneswaran will seek an assurance from both the President and the Prime Minister that the land in the north which belongs to civilians will not be taken by force for various government led development projects.
The meeting comes amidst reports that there are certain instances where land currently held by the military are to be used for development projects, instead of them being returned to the people.
“The land rightfully belongs to the Tamil civilians, but instead of giving them the land back, they are now trying to take the land by force for various development programmes. This land belongs to the people and it should be returned back to them, this is what the government promised,” an official from the Northern Provincial Council said.
In February, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera told a forum in the United States that the government was working on releasing the land to the civilians which were under military control. By February this year, some 3000 acres of land has been released to the civilians but more than 600 acres continue to be under military control.