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PM takes steps to grant land & house ownership to those without deeds

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that 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 program to hand over land ownership to landless families under the ‘Land for All’ program began this morning at the Prime Minister’s Office and was made known via the Prime Minister’s Media unit today (24).

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

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

The Minister further stated that arrangements have been made to issue between 1,000 and 3,000 deeds to the land owners every week under this program which was prepared with the objective of giving those who have lost their land a legal right.

Parallel to this program, title deeds were issued in Puttalam and Kurunegala Divisional Secretariats today.

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