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Councillor urges end to state sponsored Sinhala resettlement in Mullaitivu

The northern provincial councillor, Ravikaran on Thursday put forward a motion against the state sponsored Sinhala resettlement into Mullaitivu.

Putting forward the motion, Mr Ravikaran said Sri Lankan government's land policy was aimed at changing the ethnic make up of the region, and was contrary to the recommendations of its own reconciliation commission

Under the guise of the Mahaweli development project, land in Kokkilai, Kokkuthothuvai and Karunattenkeni were being seized by state authorities, leaving its rightful owners displaced, Mr Ravikaran said.

Tamils were also being forward to work for a very small daily wage under Sinhala masters who had seized control over their lands, he added.