Land issue of Irudeniyaya
Irudeniyaya is a highly active agriculture area of about 2000 acre situated in Polipithigama divisional secretariat of Kurunegala district. In 1971, during Srimawo Bandaranayake period these lands were devided among people under the upper land development scheme introduced by the same government to increase the agreculture production. since then almost every selected governments of Sri lanka except the governments under the leadership of J.R.Jayawardana and R.Premadasa, helped to develop farmers settlement with providing required infrastructures.
There was a threat of re-aquisition of the given lands in Irudeniyaya during R.Premadasa led Government but finally President D.B.Vijethunge given in-write land tenure to the villagers. thereafter development of infrastructure incresed including medical centre, electricity, roads and schools.
During the Mahinda Rajapaksha government, land aquisition threat again came in to Irudeniyaya, which now living around 2500 families in 6 villages of the scheme.
these people are living there over a 40 years, in fear with threat of eviction from the homes they lived for two generation.
Since 2010 people in these villages conducting continues campaign to get titles for the families for their lands. Several rounds of discussions with political leaders, street protests and were Villagers are expecting a positive action from the new government elected in 2015 January