President Maithripala Sirisena said people in the North and East should be given back the land they are entitled to and directed the relevant officials to resolve all existing problems and release such land to the legally entitled owners before December 31 this year.
The President issued this directive when he presided over a meeting of the Presidential Task Force on North East Development held for the third time at the Parliamentary Complex recently.
The President directed officials to implement the programme according to a systematic time frame and report its progress at the next months Presidential Task Force meeting.
Special attention was drawn at this meeting towards the release of land and buildings belonging to schools in the North and East held by the Armed Forces and the on going programme for resolving the drinking water problem in the North and East.
Since people in certain parts of the Trincomalee district were saddled with an acute shortage of water, the President inquired about the relief provided to them.
Although Akkaraipattu had sufficient water resources, certain village areas suffered a shortage of water due to the lack of a proper distribution network, it was observed and attention was drawn towards resolving this problem.