Legal Aid Commission chairman expresses shock over land-ownership stats

Legal Aid Commission chairman expresses shock over land-ownership stats

Legal Aid Commission chairman expresses shock over land-ownership stats

Written by Tharushan Fernando

25 Oct, 2016 | 9:52 pm

The National Forum of the Land Advocacy Project in Eastern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces was held on Monday. A distinguished gathering was among those present at the event.

Chairman of the Legal Aid Commission, Rohan Sahabandu said that:

People who are in Sri Lanka, they have problems. Land problems. while 82% percent of land is state land

“I myself was shocked to find that”, he said and added that if 82 % is state land, it is only 18%  that is owned by the private.

“When the state owns a land it has to be given to the people, otherwise what’s the point in the state having a land?” asked the chairman who pointed out that it has to be given to a person either by a permit or a grant or a lease or some sort of a document.

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