Has Ranil Wickremasinghe, our Prime Minister commenced implementing the MCCProject in Sri Lanka?
Posted on June 24th, 2022

Garvin Karunaratne. former GA Matara

Stray information on granting deeds of lands    in the news is fairly indicative of the fact that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has unofficially commenced implementing the MCC Project in Sri Lanka, which he stated he will sign if he, the UNP won the 2019 Presidential Election. At the election President Rajapaksa made a firm statement that he will not sign the MCC Compact Agreement. 

I enclose a news item I have just read in Economy Next:.

Sri Lankan landowners without deeds to be legally granted ownership

Friday June 24, 2022 5:28 pm

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka plans to legally grant land and house ownership to millions of people who do not have a deed to their own lands and homes, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office said.

Quoting Tourism Minister Harin Fernando, the statement said on Friday June 24 that between 1,000 and 3,000 deeds will be issued to land owners every week under a newly launched programme with the objective of giving  legal rights to those who have lost their land.

The programme, titled ‘Land for All’, began Friday morning at the prime minister’s office in Colombo, it said. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Lands through the Land Reforms Commission and the Department of the Land Commissioner General.

Title deeds were issued in Puttalam and Kurunegala Divisional Secretariats on Friday parallel to the event in Colombo, the statement said. (Colombo/Jun24/2022)

FILED UNDER: HARIN FERNANDO,HOUSING,LAND,POLITICS,PRIME MINISTER,RANIL WICKREMESINGHE

This is serious news and deserves immediate attention by our leaders to arrest give away of the sovereignty of our country. One important aspect of the MCC Compact Programme was to bestow full rights of ownership to land alienated by the Crown. Our founder leader D.S.Senanayake had gone to great pains to evolve a method of ensuring that land alienated by the crown should always remain with the peasantry. 

It is important to note that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is actually a make shift Prime Minister appointed in this time when Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented economic crisis. Instead of handling the economic crisis by implementing programmes to get back to production and employment he is busy with other tasks like privatising assets and now he has actually commenced implementing the MCC Project provisions though very unofficially.. 

It is time that the Presidenbt who handed over the country to Ranil Wickremasinghe should make a note of what is really happening.

Garvin Karunaratne. former GA Matara 24062022

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