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Final Phase of Resettlement Completed in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2011-07-04 16:30:15 Hours]


The last cluster of families displaced during the period of war were resettled in their original homesteads in Vadamarachchi east Sunday (03) completing the resettlement of IDPs (Internally Displaced persons) in Jaffna peninsula.

At the final phase, 1110 members of 297 families who had so far been living at Ramavil IDP Welfare Centre in Kodikamam were resettled in Pokkarappu, Kevil, Mulliyan and Vettalaikerny Grama Niladhari Divisions belonging to Maruthankerni Divisional Secretariat. Those civilians left their villages in January 2009 as the war against terrorism turned intensified in the North.

During the function held to hand back the lands to their owners, Hon. Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, the Chief Guest made a special note of thanks to Commander Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) and the troops serving in the peninsula for their commendable role played to make resettlement in Jaffna a reality. At request made by the Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar for possible arrangements for early resettlement in Jaffna Peninsula, Security Forces Headquarters Jaffna mobilized additional Army Engineer troops to assist foreign de-mining agencies in their humanitarian de-mining campaign. With directives of Commander SF-J, the Vettalaikerny-based 55 Division of the Army completed permanent houses for ten poor families in Kevil of Pokkarappu Grama Niladhari area and they were handed over to recipients on the same occasion. Houses for others too will be constructed by the army. The government has taken all measures to develop necessary infrastructure for resettled. Hospitals, co-operative shops, schools including public transport facilities are already made available for the newly resettled families.

Hon. Minister and other distinguished invitees distributed domestic items among civilians as a helping hand to commence their living.

A new bus service from Maruthankerny to Point Pedro via Nagar Kovil started facilitating transport for the newly resettled. This route remained closed for civilians due to threat of land mines and UXOs (Unexploded Ordnance). A cooperative shop was also declared open at Kevil on the same day.

Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Mr. Douglas Devananda, Governor Northern Province Maj. Gen.(Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Commander SF-J Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe and a large gathering of government officials and civilians attended the function.


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