Rehabilitated Ex-Combatants Go Home
[Updated :: 2010-05-19 06:35:10
Parents, spouses and guardians of four hundred and twenty five ex-LTTE
combatants assembled at the Veerasingham Hall in Jaffna on Tuesday
(18.05.2010) to take their loved ones home after a lapse of many
months when the Bureau of Commissioner General Rehabilitation (BCGR)
released them on completion of government’s rehabilitation programme
at a brief but pompous ceremony.
During the ceremony attended by nearly one thousand and five hundred
next of kin, some beneficiaries were symbolically handed over to
their relatives by dignitaries who graced the function as invited
Among the latest group of released beneficiaries were one hundred
and eighty nine school children who had been following formal education
at Ratmalana Hindu College under the supervision of BCGR and seventy
two youngsters qualified to pursue university education. In addition
to academic subjects, those school students had been engaged in
extracurricular activities at the Hindu College. Out of today’s
released batch of school children there were thirty eight girl guides
and forty scouts who performed on the stage during the cultural
show of rehabilitated children that preceded the main ceremony.
On initiative of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa,
the ex-LTTE members at Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation
Centres (PARCs) were given vocational training on various fields
according to their choice and talents in order to ensure a stable
economic background after reintegration with society.
Those young and elderly people received their vocational training
at PARCs in Vavuniya, Welikanda, Ratmalana, Thelippalai, Kakesanthurai
and Kaithady under BCGR before they reunified with their families.
However, school children, on their wish, are offered with option
to find their admission again to Ratmalana Hindu College until they
complete formal education, revealed BCGR officials.
Clergies of the four main religions , Minister Douglas Devananda
and Parliamentarians representing Jaffna, Governor Northern Province
Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Commander Security Forces
Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commissioner General
Rehabilitation Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, Government Agent Jaffna
Mr. K Ganesh, Government Agent Mannar Mr. Nicholas Pillai and Mayoress
Jaffna Ms Pathgunaraja were among the invited guests present.