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Foreigners barred from land ownership

Construction Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa presenting a deed to a tenant.

A Cabinet paper has been submitted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to avoid foreigners receiving the ownership of lands even under long term lease. Some foreigners who received properties of the Galle Fort and some other historical places on lease are using them for some other purposes. This damages the historical value of the places, said Construction Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa.

The minister was addressing a ceremony to distribute deeds for tenants at Sethsiripaya recently.

He said during the UNP period, a law was made to provide an opportunity for foreigners to get the ownership of local lands.

But the government has weaken this low and the President wants to weaken it more without letting anyone to put hands on the properties of the local people. Deeds were handed over to 41 tenants who had lived over 50 years in their lands and taken over by government under Ceiling on Housing Property Law No. 1 of 1973.

Minister Weerawansa said Sri Lanka has entered to a progressive path by protecting the rights of all communities.

He said during the Samagi Peramuna government, the country experienced the same situation which is prevailing.

Ministry Secretary P.H.L.Wimalasiri Perera, National Housing Commissioner Raja Gunaratne, Additional Secretary P.B.L.Senadeera, National Habitats Development Authority Chairman Palitha Gamage, Director General Sumith Wanniarachchi and Janasewana Housing Secretariat Adviser Lakwijaya Sagara Palansooriya also participated.