The government has taken action to release lands in the High Security Zones (HSZ) in the country.
256 houses surrounding the Palaly HSZ have already been returned to civilians. Another 2392 houses have been identified for civilian occupation. These lands will be returned to their original owners. The Government hopes to hold Land Kachcheries with regard to lands in the North and the East due to chaotic situation which has arisen due to LTTE activities and the misplacement of the related documents. The Government is expecting the final recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to plan out the course of action.
De-mining in the North has been accelerated to make room for more resettlement of families. It is emphasized that there is no policy of forced settlement on the part of the government.
In the meantime the Government has taken the necessary initiative to implement the proposals of the Lessons Learnt Commission. The housing problem in the North would be resolved with the completion of working on 100 thousand houses. The Committee chaired by the Deputy Solicitor General and appointed on the recommendations of the Commission is taking action to expedite the future action related to LTTE suspects. The Government is dedicated to ensuring the language right of all communities including the Tamil speaking people. Accordingly the Official Language Policy is being implemented. 335 Tamil were recruited to the Police service last year. 50 more will be appointed as Sub Police Inspectors and another 25 Women Sub Inspectors in the future. It is also planned to recruit 350 more Police Constables and 50 Women Constables.