The northern Mullaitivu district has 3,389 families without a land to live, said a former provincial councilor.
According to Thurairasa Raviharan, the district secretariat is yet to respond to a request made in early 2022 to grant one acre each to 28,626 youths to start a livelihood.
They have answered a call from the DS that has asked the jobless to make such a request, he said in a statement.
Raviharan also said the wildlife conservation department had expanded its land ownership in Mullaitivu from 222,006 acres, or 36.27 per cent, by the end of the war by another 167,484 acres thereafter.
It now owns 74.24 pc of the district’s land area, he said.
Stressing a need to protect forest cover further, it has asked for a further 42,631 acres from the DS.
In addition, the Mahaweli Authority, archaeology department and the military occupy a sizeable land area of the district, he said.
Another request to allot grassland for 89,000 milch cows in the district is yet to be responded to as well, Raviharan added.