President Rajapaksa has told Ranbima Deed recipients to use their lands for cultivation and join in strengthening the national economy.
The President said it should be queried whether these lands are being utilized to the optimum and also how many had developed their home gardens. He stated that Census officials visited the President’s House to include in the first islandwide census. Queries were made to the extent of land that had been cultivated. Cultivation has been undertaken on about 35 perches. When 20 perches is cultivated it is considered as a major cultivation. The President said he was calling on the public to cultivate their home gardens to secure fresh nutritional vegetables and fruits and strengthen their economy, while they were not making purchases from the market for consumption. The President pointed out that he always believed that they should first set an example to others before calling on them to cultivate their home gardens.
The Government’s intention is to make every plot of land productive. The president emphasized that the Divi Neguma Programme to uplift one million domestic economic units is a strength for this initiative. The presentation of Ranbima Deeds took place at Temple Trees today other than the Hambantota, Galle, Matara and Monaragala Districts, 3000 families representing the remaining Districts including those in the Northern and Eastern provinces received Ranbima Deeds aimed at vesting ownership of state lands to the people living in government lands for several years for use with certain restrictions. This is the 9th stage of providing deeds to landless families. Several Parliamentarians were present.