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Resettlement in Vadamarachchi East Completes another Stage
[Updated :: 2010-09-15 11:10:22 Hours]

Another group of civilians who were longing to restart the life after being displaced due to terrorist activities in the recent past went to their original homestead at Marathankerni on Tuesday (14.09.2010) when the government’s resettlement programme continued in Vadamarachchi East.

A total of 1089 members of 309 families who had finally found shelter at government “Ramavil” welfare centre in Kodikamam were resettled in their villages in six Gramaseva Divisions, Championpattu north, Championpattu south, Marathankerni, Aliyavalai, Vathirayan and Udutturai.

The areas had abundantly been mined by the LTTE before Army Engineer troops together with foreign de-mining agencies worked round the clock to remove those explosives for the safety of civilians.

A range of welfare projects coincided with the brief faction held at Marathankerni public ground on Tuesday morning to mark the occasion with Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Mr. Douglas Devananda as Chief Guest.

During the meeting, Jaffna District Secretary Ms. Imelda Sukumar specially mentioned of the cooperation extended by Commander Security Forces-Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and relevant Army formations and officers to expedite the programme.

Each family received a sum of Rs. 5000/= in cash, roofing sheets, cement for necessary renovations of houses and sets of agriculture equipment from the Chief Guest, District Secretary and General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Sudath Perera. 55 Division had arranged a donation of school items for schoolchildren of resettled families.

Chief Guest handed over two houses newly built by the 16th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment and 8th Sri Lanka Armoured Corps for Mr. Samaran Suman and Mr. Appakutti of Thalaiady. In addition, 55 Division has constructed 75 temporary houses for civilians in those six Gramaseva Divisions.

On the same occasion, new Out Patients’ Department at Marathankerni hospital earlier destroyed by the LTTE was handed over to Provincial Health Department after it was renovated by the troops of 37th Sri Lanka National Guard.

Laying foundation stone for the Marathankerni Divisional Secretariat, opening of Champianpattu government school and Marathankerni new Pradeshiya Sabha building and opening two new bus services to Point Pedro and to Kodikamam were among the other services made available for newly resettled civilians.

Parliamentarians, Commanders of Brigades and Units and Senior Officers of the 55 Division, Civil Administration Officers and a large crowd of civilians attended the function.

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