The Government has announced a scheme of providing 100,000 acres of land to young entrepreneurs in Nedunkerny, Vavuniya North, Manthai and Palai areas.
It is notable that any person between 25 -45 years of age from any part of the country could apply for these lands. The locations of these areas along the District border and the above announcement have caused concern whether this is a scheme for colonization of the border areas with Sinhalese youth, with the government already announcing that Tamil people have not shown much interest on this scheme. The closing date for granting 100,000 youths with lands freely is on the 15th of this month. It is notable that this date has been extended to 16th.
The Divisional Secretariat issued free application forms to the applicants and accepted the completed application forms. More than 400 young men submitted their applications from yesterday morning to noon.