resident Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a meeting of recipients of title-deeds of lands, lashed out at officers allegedly involved in malpractices as regards land distribution under development projects such as Victoria and Kotmale.
The President handed over title deeds to the recipients of lands under the Victoria and Kotmale reservoir projects. The venue was the auditorium of the Digana Sports Stadium.
The process of allocation land was ridden with corruption, President Maithripala Sirisena told the meeting last Friday (18) afternoon.
People expressed their displeasure over the unpleasant manner lands were allocated President Sirisena said.
A single block of land was given to several persons, causing disputes.
The President said he had been aware of corrupt practices since he had been in the Mahaweli Development Scheme and he had done his bets to eliminate them.
President said the public servants should do their duty in a way that would be appreciated by the people. Public servants should win the hearts and minds of the people, he added.
“Of course there are public servants who are honest and work with commitment and we respect them”, President Sirisena said, adding that the superiors should be answerable if those officers under them acted in violation of the laws and regulations.
The President said that the government acted on the guidance and advice of the Sangha and it was committed to building a peaceful society.
Recalling the history of Mahaweli Development project President Sirisena said that the government that came to power in 1977 completed the development scheme in six years which was earlier scheduled to be completed in thirty years.
The Mahaweli project had been proposed by the late C. P. de Silva, who was a minister in the 1965 government, the President said.