Sri Lanka Ministry of Land and Land Development has launched a “Land Title Registration Programme”, according to the Ministry website bimsaviya.gov.lk.
A statement on the website regarding the process is as follows:
Bim Saviya is a program launched under “Mahinda Chintana” by the Ministry of Land and Land Development in order to strengthen the ownership of land and to make a land strength to the nation.
“Bim Saviya” is implement under the provisions of Registration of Title Act No. 21 of 1998 as a national program in year 2007. Under this programme, the lands are surveyed demarcated, ensured ownership and issued a Title Certificate, free of charge. Out goal is to complete this task in a time frame of certain years.
Four Departments have joined in hands in launching Bim Saviya Programme as follows:
Under the Ministry of Land & Land Development:
-Land Settlement Department
-Land Commissioner General’s Department
Under the Ministry of Public Administration:
-Registrar General’s Department
-Introduce title registration in place of deed registration practiced at present.
-Settle or make arrangements to settle the ownership of the lands which are presently unsettled.
-Establish a Digital Land Information System
A report in the Island Newspaper, quoting Minister of Land and Land Development Janaka Bandara Tennakoon said, “The government requests the Tamils who have gone abroad for various reasons and not visited their agricultural and residential land in the Northern Region for several decades, to apply for new deeds.”
An official of the ministry also advised to obtain forms and information on bimsaviya.gov.lk, for those who cannot attend to this process in person.