SL State appropriates lands of Tamils in Batticaloa under ‘Mahaweli’ scheme

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 April 2019, 22:31 GMT]
Eezham Tamil land-owners in four interior GS divisions in Kiraan and Chengkaladi divisions of Batticaloa district are facing an imminent threat of losing upto 90 per cent of their paddy lands and 99 per cent of other lands which they owned for decades. Their areas are being absorbed into the Mahaweli colonisation programme under cover of ‘development’, say Tamil farmers. Agrarian Services Centre official at Kiraan T. Jeyaraj has informed the farmers that they would be only allowed to retain 2.5 acres of paddy lands and 0.5 acres of lands for homestead per adult person in their families as their lands were being taken over by the Mahaweli authority, the farmers said.

The farmers who had the right to own maximum 25 acres of agricultural lands per person according to the ceiling introduced by the Land Reform Law in 1972 are now being told that the ownership of agricultural lands could not exceed 2.5 acres per owner.

Mahaweli System B
System B of Mahaweli scheme targets to Sinhalicise and colonise the agricultural and grazelands of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa. The area being subjected to occupation was safeguarded by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) till 2007 and is known as Paduvaan-karai
Mahaweli System B
The location of System B across Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa districts
Similarly, the ceiling was 50 acres per person where the property did not consist exclusively of paddy land. They will only be able to retain 0.5 acres of lands per person av 18 years old, the agrarian official has informed the farmers.

The move targets the villages of Mu'ruth-thaanai, Kudumpi-malai and Pearillaa-ve'li in Koa'ra'laip-pattu South (Kiraan), and Oamadiyaa-madu in Koa'ra'laip-pattu North (Vaakarai).

These were villages protected by the LTTE before 2007.

The vast area of System B (also known as Maduru Oya scheme) comes within the districts of Batticaloa (Eastern Province) and Polonnaruwa (the home district of SL President Maithiripala Sirisena in the North Central Province).

Mr Maithiripala controls the Mahaweli ministry.

The SL State was scheming to settle 31,300 settler families from outside the districts of Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa in System B since the beginning.

The right bank of the (Maduru Oya RB) is primarily Tamil.

The late Gamini Dissanayake, who was one of the notorious SL ministers blamed for the burning of Jaffna Library in 1981, was attempting to launch a Sinhala colony in the lands of Tamils when he was the SL Minister in charge of Mahaweli development.

However, the move didn't materialise as the LTTE began to establish de-facto control of the traditional homeland of the Eezham Tamils.

In 2014, the Mahaweli Ministry and the Mahaweli authority launched a special project.

Initially, the project was aiming to resettle Sinhala colonisers who had displaced due to the war along the border villages of Polonnaruwa. Later, the colonists started also to target the Tamil areas.

The total command area of system B, as recorded in 2007, was at 16,866 hectares. This has been later increased to 19,216 hectares.


Related Articles:
25.12.17   Sinhalicisation targets interior hill-top northwest of Batti..


Chronology:
15.01.07  Unfolding misery
11.01.07  Vaharai tragedy
07.01.07  SOS from Vaharai

 

Latest 15 Reports
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=39406