[Protest in Sampur, file photo]
The Sri Lankan government plans to return over 800 acres of land to original owners in the Eastern Province before the end of next month.
The Resettlement Committee has received the cabinet approval to return 818 acres of land in the Sampur area back to its original owners.
At a special meeting held at the Eastern Province Governor’s office in Trincomalee, the Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, D. M. Swaminathan said the lands will be handed back before the end of April to their original owners.
In addition to that another 234 acres of land which was under the Sri Lanka Navy will be released back to its original owners. Preliminary phase of the transfer has already begun at the Governor’s office of the Eastern Province, National News Agency Lankapuvath reported.