Liberal loan scheme for rehabilitation of ex-LTTE fighters

The government has introduced a liberal loan scheme to faciltate the rehabilitation of the former combatants of the LTTE as they embark on a new life after the end of the 30-year-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2010, 21:25 PM IST

Colombo: The government has introduced a
liberal loan scheme to faciltate the rehabilitation of the
former combatants of the LTTE as they embark on a new life
after the end of the 30-year-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

Brig. Sudantha Ranasinghe, the Commissioner of
Rehabilitation, said the Ministry of Rehabilitation has set up
a centre for the purpose at the Northern Vavuniya government
Agent Office.

Loans will be provided up to a maximum of SLRs 2.50
lakhs for any livelihood project proposals submitted by them.

"This is not only for the ex-combatant, even the IDPs
who have been resettled can apply for this," said Ranasinghe.

He said the loan facility will be granted at an
interest rate of 4 per cent through government banks once a
business proposal is submitted.

Several former LTTE fighters, including child
soldiers, were handed over to their parents after they were
rehabilitated.

They were were provided vocational training while the
former child soldiers were sent to schools to complete their
secondary education. Some 500 of them appeared in the school
examination in August 2010, according to the official
government website said.

Ranasinghe said former LTTE cadres have also been
provided with adequate training to commence their own
businesses.

Sri Lanka`s civil war ended in May 2009 after the
government forces crushed the Tamil Tigers who had been
fighting for an independent state for a quarter-century,
alleging discrimination of Tamils by the ethnic Sinhalese
majority.

The United Nations between 80,000 and 100,000 people
were killed during the war and displaced lakhs of people.

PTI