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No more Permits for filling up paddy land

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KANDY – The Commissioner General of the Department of Agrarian Development has, in a fresh circular dated November 03, ordered all Deputy and Assistant Commissioners of Agrarian Development that the issuance of permits for filling paddy lands be stopped forthwith.

Director General M. A. S. Weerasinghe has further directed his subordinates to refrain from forwarding such applications to him for consideration.

The circular by the Commissioner General of Agrarian Development has been issued on the directions of the Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake, who has received instructions from President Maithripala Sirisnea following representations made by Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake, who inspected several areas where paddy land was being filled up. Governor Ekanayake pointed out that a vast extent of wetlands had been filled up in the Kandy area.