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Sri Lanka rulers to slash freedoms of tea, rubber, coconut land owners

Aug 16, 2017 12:04 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers had approved a proposal to further restrict the freedoms of owners of tea, rubber and coconut land, to do what they wish with their own property.

According existing law owners of coconut land of 04 acres and, tea, or rubber estates greater 20 acres have to get permission from Rubber and Coconut Estates (Control and Fragmentation) Board, a government statement said.

Plantations Minister Navin Dissanayake had proposed further restricting the rights of smaller landowners by expanding the restriction to cover land as small as 02 acres for tea and 08 acres for tea and coconut, , Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said.

The intention of restricting the freedom of smaller landholders is to forcibly keep the land for "large scale development projects," of other parties, a government statement said.

The Tea, Rubber and Coconut Estates (Control and Fragmentation) Act no 02 of 1958 will be changed to imposed the control on citizens

Sri Lanka's native rulers brought many laws to rob the freedoms of citizens and undermine their freehold rights after gaining control of the law making machinery from colonial rulers, freedom advocates say.

Several agencies were set up at taxpayer expense to impose controls and rob the freedom of the people, and implement nationalist or interventionist controls, freedom advocates say.

Many owners of land greater than 50 acres was expropriated by rulers despite having freehold ownership. It is already difficult to put rice paddies to alternative uses.

Due to expropriation large tracts of land is not widely available in private hands which could be put to optimum use and the state has become a large landowner. (Colombo/Aug16/2017).


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