Lanka steps up resettlement of Tamil civilians
Last Updated: Friday, October 16, 2009, 19:07
Colombo: The government has stepped-up the resettlement of the Tamil civilians displaced following the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, with 2,500 members of the community housed in Vavuniya leaving for resettlement in their native lands in Jaffna.

The Tamil civilians were displaced during the military offensive that crushed the LTTE in May and ended Sri Lanka's decades-old civil war, which killed at least 80,000 people.

As many as 2,500 people housed in 'welfare villages' in Vavuniya left for resettlement in their native lands in Jaffna. The "Uthuru Wasanthaya" Task Force operating on the instructions of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expedited the resettlement process, an official statement said today.

The programme is being mooted through the Government Agents (GAs) of Jaffna and Vavuniya and under the supervision of chief of the task force and senior presidential advisor and parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa.

K. Ganesh, Government Agents of Jaffna, said the civilians will be transported daily from the welfare villages to Jaffna for resettlement that begun yesterday.

In addition, 150 people of 61 families from the Vavuniya district and 300 people of 87 families from the Mannar district were also resettled yesterday.

Meanwhile, the government has speeded up plans to provide electricity to the entire northern province in the next three years.

Ministry sources said said 13 power projects are to be inaugurated in the province. The projects, to be implemented at a cost of over SLR 106 million, will benefit more than 800 families in the Vavuniya, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar districts in the Wanni.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 16, 2009, 19:07

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