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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 19:31
An imminent dispute between the Central and the Northern PC with regard to land.
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A serious dispute between the Central Government and the Northern Provincial Council with regard to land is likely to emerge.

The issue has emerged as Northern Provincial Council Deputy Chairman Anthony Jeganathan is preparing to bring a resolution asking not to allocate funds for the development of Weli Oya Division that comes legally under Mullaitivu district.

The Opposition of the Northern Provincial Council raises grim objections to this resolution.

When contacted to comment on the issue, Northern Provincial Council member Anthony Jeganathan said that there is no legal provision behind the merger.

Raising objections to Jeganathan’s proposed resolution, Northern Provincial Council UPFA member A. Jayathilaka said that the Weli Oya Division has been merged with the Mullaitivu district under a gazette notification.

Meanwhile a senior officer attached to the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry said Weli Oya Division legally comes under Mullaitivu district.

He also said administration of the Weli Oya Division was brought temporarily under Anuradhapura District due to lack of road access during the war.

He said the administration activities of the Weli Oya Division has been separated from the Anuradhapura district and returned to the Mullaitivu district after the war ended.

The senior officer said a new gazette notification was published with regard to the merger.

He said that the right to demarcate land does not come under the purview of a Provincial Council, and it comes under the Central Government instead.
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