Northern Governor discusses land issue with Army Chief

Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan discussed the land issue with the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the Governor’s Secretariat said.

The Army Commander met the Governor at the Governor’s Secretariat in Jaffna.

The Commander briefed the Governor on the security and humanitarian activities in the post-war Northern Province and he said he would continue this under his commandership.

The Governor pointed out that there was a drastic change in the activities of the military in the Northern Province since the assumption of office by President Maithripala Sirisena on January 8, 2015.

The Governor also expressed his concern over land disputes in the Northern Province and requested the Commander to take action to release the lands of private owners as much as possible.

The Governor also requested the Commander of the Army to identify and declare lands that cannot be released by the military for national security purposes.

The Commander said that all the lands, except the lands for security purposes have been released. At the same time, he said steps can be taken if there are any more lands that can be released.