A mobile service was conducted under the guidance and chairmanship of Hon. Chief Minister Z.A. Nazeer Ahamed with the collaboration of Provincial Ministries and Departments, District Secretariat and other Central Government Agencies on 14.05.2015 at Municipal Council Hall, Batticaloa.
The objective of this mobile service is to seek solutions to the public problems faced in various sectors like agriculture, fisheries, industries, lands and irrigation, housing, local government services and other essential service sectors administered by the central government agencies.
Around 1091 complaints were received during this mobile service. Instant solutions were sought to 672 complaints, remaining complaints were treated for further action within a scheduled period. Provincial Ministries, Departments, Statutory bodies and Central Government Agencies took part in this service.
A team of media personnel representing 44 electronic and print media based in Colombo and Jaffna visited lands newly released from the Palaly Military Cantonment in order to get firsthand experience on the process on June 10, 2015. They were initially educated on release of lands in different stages since the end of the Humanitarian Operation in 2009 during briefing conducted at Headquarters Security Force – Jaffna (SF-J), Palaly.
Responding to questions raised by journalists during briefing, Commander SF-J Major General Nandana Udawatta revealed that 99.44% of contaminated areas have been cleared of mines and humanitarian demining is being continued by the Army Engineers and foreign demining agencies in the remaining area.
He further added that Jaffna is safe in the aspect of security and no terrorist activity has disturbed the Jaffna life after the war ended. Journalists from both government and private media firms joined the visit organized by the Media Centre, Ministry of Defence.
The delegation was headed by Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera. Senior officers of the SF – J were also present on the media briefing.
Army serving in Jaffna, continuing to shift its camps to government lands, handed over 50 houses and 22 plots of lands hitherto occupied by the troops to their legitimate owners Saturday (09) morning.
Headquarters 521 Brigade of Point Pedro (PPD) released 29 houses and 03 lands while Headquarters 7th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (7 VIR) of Valvettithurai handed back 19 houses and 18 blocks of lands. Meanwhile, 2 more houses and 01 block of land used as a Company Headquarters at Sakkottai by the 7 VIR were also given to their owners during a brief function held at PPD Saturday morning.
Commander 521 Brigade Colonel Tikiri Dissanayake delivered the documents with regard to release of civilians’ property to Divisional Secretary PPD Mr. R.T. Jeyaseelan.
Assistant Divisional Secretary PPD Ms. Usha, Mayor PPD Mr. Ravindran, senior officers of Army and Police serving in the area, owners of released lands and houses and distinguished guests attended the occasion.
PPD jetty road so far remained within the former 521 Brigade Headquarters premises was also opened for public use during the ceremony.