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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Irudeniyaaya villagers are on fight for land rights.

Irudeniyaaya is a framer village in Polpithigama divisional secretariat in Kurunegala District. In 1970 Prime minister Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranayeka have given the land for the farmers to increase the food production in the country under the project of " battle of cultivation" since then the farmers have been settled in those lands given by the government leader for the time.

In 1989 Under the R.Premadasa government a gazette have been passed taking over these lands for widen the Nature sanctuary of "Kahalla-Palle Kele"  But the under the President D.B.Vijethunga in 1994 the 1999 acer land have granted to the villagers who lived there since 1970 by a charter.

In the present, wildlife department is pressurizing the villages by stopping of property development activities. The W.D  have filed 4 cases against villagers who have stated to construct new houses in their land which still do not have deeds but lived for 4 decades.

Around 2000 Irudeniyaaya villagers came to Kurunegala on 10th Oct. 2012 to show their objection to the authorities and reveal the issues to the world. after about two hours of protest in the main road in Kurunegala town,
they submitted petitions with signatures of all the villagers to Governor, Chief Minister of province, Divisional  secretariat, Provincial minister of Agriculture and to District director of  wild life.
the main request of the people are
01  Amend the 566/5 gazette released on 1989.07 11 by releasing lands of the people.
02. Stop pressurising the villagers through wildlife department
03  Grant land deeds for the villagers.

Authorities have promised them to bring the issue to the President and ask for the positive solution.

The Governor  
 Minister Of Agriculture - North-Western Province
 Chief Minister, NW Province
 District Secretary NW Province

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