PM writes to Karuna on Lankan issue

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that India has urged Sri Lanka to make "practical arrangements", including devolution of powers, to enable the minority Tamils lead a life of dignity.

Chennai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that India has urged Sri Lanka to make "practical arrangements", including devolution of powers, to enable the minority Tamils lead a life of dignity.

In his letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Singh said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his recent visit to India, had promised to resettle the 47,000 Tamils still living in camps by the end of this year.

Chennai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that India has urged Sri Lanka to make "practical arrangements", including devolution of powers, to enable the minority Tamils lead a life of dignity.

In his letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Singh said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his recent visit to India, had promised to resettle the 47,000 Tamils still living in camps by the end of this year.

The Prime Minister was responding to a letter
Karunanidhi had written early this month, raising the issue of
Tamils living in transit camps since the end of the war
against LTTE.

Singh said he had raised these issues with Rajapaksa
and also mentioned the joint initiatives, such as constructing
50,000 houses for Internally Displaced Persons in Northern and
Eastern provinces.

The Government of India is separately also working on
projects and programmes for resettled families so that they
are in a position to earn their own livelihood, he said.

PTI

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