Families Resettled at Keeramalai
[Updated :: 2010-12-02
Forces Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J) on directives of the Army Headquarters
took steps early this week to release some more lands at Keeramamli
for the civilians who were original settlers there.
Those blocks of lands were within the restricted zone due to the
threat of landmines and other unexploded ordnance which made the
area risky for civilians and their movements. During the past few
months Army Engineers together with foreign de-mining agencies tirelessly
worked on removing the explosives and handed over the land to civil
administrative authorities Jaffna to implement resettlement.
A total of 3947 people of 970 families were resettled in the de-mined
area which covered three Grama Seva Divisions, Elavalai North, Elavalai
West and Withthakapuram.
A special ceremony chaired by Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries
and Small Enterprises Mr. Douglas Devananda was held at Nagulaeshwaram
Kovil ground on 27th November to donate Rs. 5000/= to each family
to be resettled.
Admiring the untiring service of de-miners of Army Engineers, Hallo
Trust and Danish De-mining Group, certificates were given away to
them by Hon. Minister and guests. Soldiers in the meantime distributed
leaflets among the civilians educating them on landmines and other
Parliamentarians representing Jaffna District, senior administrative
officials, senior Army officers and a large crowd of civilians attended