A discussion on providing alternative lands to the victims of floods and landslides was held at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday.
The details on land requirements and identified alternative lands in the districts of Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Colombo and Gampaha, were presented to President Maithripala Sirisena by the District Secretaries.
The President directed the officials to use government lands. He advised them to take private lands from plantation corporations only when state lands are not available.
He directed them to expedite the land provision process through discussions with a committee consisting of the Ministers of Lands, Disaster Management, Plantation and Housing.
The President thanked the representatives of private plantation corporations for their participation in the discussion, and their cooperation by providing lands for landslide victims in Aranayaka.
Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Sajith Premadasa, Naveen Dissanayaka and Gayantha Karunathilaka were also present.