Land acquisition under the law

The army says the acquisition of land in some parts of the north is being carried out under the law by the government.Army Spokesman Ruwan Wanigasooriya says the matter is handled by the District Secretary of Jaffna along with the officials of Ministry of Land. There were protests in Jaffna this week over moves to acquire over 6000 acres of land in Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) “The land acquisition is carried out under the Land Acquisition Act (I think it dates back to 1950s, hence not a new law). Acquisition of land for development/public purposes in other parts of the island is also done under the same provisions,” he told the Colombo Gazette. The military spokesman said that some government as well as private lands of 24 Grama Niladari Divisions under Tellippalai Divisional Secretary and 1 GN Div under Kopai DS have been earmarked for acquisition. He said that the notices and announcements as required by the Act have been circulated informing the public in those areas.“The Military has not hindered or influenced the due legal process which is being carried out by the government officials, in fact, we have facilitated as and when our assistant was sought,” the military spokesman said. read more