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President instructs amendment of the Land Act to suit current development needs

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the relevant officials to amend the existing ordinances regarding lands to suit the current development needs.

The President also informed to appoint a suitable committee to speed up the work.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe issued these instructions during a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (10) evening, on amending the provisions of the ordinances of land management institutions and introducing new regulations.

Pointing out that the land policies brought during the colonial period are still being implemented in the country, the President also said that the ordinances brought at different times related to land use are not in line with the development needs of the time.

It was also discussed at length about the preparation of a new National Land Policy by removing the existing obstacles in providing land for development activities.

The President instructed the officials to resolve the issues of the lands under the Provincial Councils through a Land Commission.

The President also instructed the officers to identify the details of the land owners in the Grama Niladhari Divisions and the amount of land that is currently utilized and the amount of land that has not been utilized and prepare a report at Divisional Secretariat levels.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the officers to take steps to redistribute among the public the lands acquired for Government purposes but not yet utilized, and in the future to acquire lands for Government purposes by paying the market value of the respective lands.

In order to avoid the delay in the works of the Survey Department and the Valuation Department, the President also instructed to take steps to fill the vacancies in those departments promptly.Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President on National Security Mr Sagala Ratnayake, Secretary to the President Mr. Saman Ekanayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Mr. K.D.N. Ranjith Asoka, Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism & Lands Mr. H.M.B.P. Herath, Secretary to the Ministry Of Wildlife & Forest Resources Conservation Mrs. R.M.C.M. Herath, Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation U.D.C Jayalal, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries Mr. Janaka Dharmakeerthi and other Government officials were present at this discussion.

(President’s Media Division)

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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