Weli Oya - the new AGA Division in the Mullaitivu district
Weli Oya is the new AGA Division (Divisional Secretariat division) in the Mullaitivu district from this month onwards. Earlier in 1987, this administrative division was part of Pathaviya and was brought under the Anuradhapura administrative district.
The present new administrative division is carved out consisting of 8 Grama Niladari division from the Padaviya AGA Division (Divisional Secretariat division) of the Anuradhapura district.
By an extra ordinary gazette notification dated 16th April, 1988, Manal Aru area in the Mullaitivu and Vavunia Districts was re-named Weli Oya in Sinhala.
By the same gazette notification Weli Oya was proclaimed the 26th District of Sri Lanka and for administrative purpose brought under the jurisdiction of the Government Agent, Anuradhapura.
However, for election purpose it was included in the Vavuniya Electoral District. It was also earlier declared that Weli Oya area had been included under the Rapid Mahaweli Development Scheme under the Ministry of Lands and Land Development.
Secretary to Ministry of Public Administration Mr. P.B. Abeyakone speaking to Asian Tribune said that the Government has decided to attach the Weli Oya Asistant Divisional Secretariat division of Pathaviya to Mullaitivu district for the convenience of the residents of Weli Oya.
The Secretary to the Public Administration Ministry said that earlier before 1987, Weli Oya region was under the Mullaitivu district. He said as there was terrorist war and other destructive incidents going on in the eighties, hence these areas were brought under the Anuradhapura district.
He added as the situation has come to normal and President has indicated to link the Weli Oya to the original position. He also said that the region has been fully developed and roads and other communication networks are in place hence Weli Oya has been brought back again under the Mullaitivu district.
Earlier Manal Aru was moved out of Mullaitivu district to Anuradapura during the height of the battle with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 1987.
As the war is now over, according to the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration and is now attached with the Mullaitivu for administrative convenience of the people as the new AGA division.
Already in the Mullaitivu district there are five AGA Divisions or the Divisional Secretariat divisions with a total of 127 Girama Nildhari Divisions, 2616.6 Sq.Km of total area and a population of 220, 311 people.
The existing Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the Mullaitivu districts are:
• Manthai East Divisional Secretariat
• Maritimepattu Divisional Secretariat
• Oddusuddan Divisional Secretariat
• Puthukudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat
• Thunukkai Divisional Secretariat
- Asian Tribune -