Urumaya Program Marks Historic Shift in Sri Lanka’s Land Ownership Landscape
February 06, Colombo (LNW): In a landmark move aimed at resolving land ownership issues for over two million Sri Lankans, the eagerly anticipated “Urumaya” program is set to be officially launched on February 5 in Dambulla. Tourism, Lands, and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Harin Fernando unveiled the details of the program during a press briefing at the Presidential Media Centre, emphasizing its goal of providing permanent land ownership solutions.
The initiative is poised to benefit over 10,000 land licensees currently holding Ran Bhoomi, Jaya Bhoomi, and Swarna Bhoomi licenses, as their licenses will be converted into freehold deeds, granting them full ownership of their land. This transformative step is expected to bring about a significant improvement in the lives and livelihoods of millions grappling with land ownership uncertainties.
Minister Harin Fernando stressed the program’s significance as a pivotal step towards building a stable and prosperous Sri Lanka. The “Urumaya” initiative underscores a commitment to addressing long-standing land issues, providing citizens with the security and freedom that accompanies land ownership.
The official launch on February 5 is anticipated to usher in a new chapter for many Sri Lankans, offering them a brighter future rooted in secure land ownership. Minister Harin Fernando reflected on the challenges faced by the nation, likening it to a critically ill patient two years ago. He drew parallels between essential yet uncomfortable treatments administered by a doctor and the adjustments made under President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s leadership, which were deemed crucial for the nation’s recovery.
The Minister emphasized that challenges are embraced not for personal glory but for the sake of the country’s success, citing his role in revitalizing the tourism industry as an example. He pointed to the lifting of the ban on cricket as a significant victory and a beacon of hope, symbolizing the potential for future achievements.
Acknowledging that the journey is far from over, Minister Harin Fernando highlighted the “Urumaya” program as a special initiative to bring about positive change for over two million people in Sri Lanka. The program aims to empower citizens by granting freehold land deeds, fostering a new era of stability and prosperity.
In addition to the “Urumaya” program, the Ministry takes pride in an ambitious initiative aimed at igniting the entrepreneurial spirit of the youth. This program seeks to empower a million young minds, positioning Sri Lanka for a golden age of rural revival and innovation.