Indian delegation happy with SLís rebuilding effort
The visiting Indian Joint Parliamentary delegation has expressed its
satisfaction on the efforts taken by the government of Sri Lanka to
rebuild the former conflict affected areas. They have also called for
stronger ties between the two nations.
They said that more information should be made available to the
people of Tamil Nadu to make them aware of the truth concerning the
Tamil people of Sri Lanka.
The members of the delegation aired these views during a meeting with
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday morning.
During the interaction with the minister they also suggested that it
was important to alleviate existing suspicion between the two
communities to help in the realization of long lasting peace in Sri
Lanka, the Economic Development Ministry said.
The Head of the delegation, Opposition Leader of the Lok Sabha Sushma
Swaraj stated that they respect the integrity of Sri Lanka and wish for
stronger ties between the two countries, the ministry added. According
to them, several delegates during discussions had expressed satisfaction
on the efforts undertaken by the government in resettling the IDPS, in
addition to building infrastructure and efforts at livelihood
development in conflict affected areas.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa briefing the delegates on the ongoing work
in the former conflict affected areas said that the government was able
to resettle 95% of the IDPs, displaced after 2005, with better
facilities than those which they enjoyed before the crisis.
He had pointed out that the remaining IDPs mainly consisted of ones
who fled to India and other countries during the conflict period.
All facilities required for civilian life are in operation in these
areas and IDPs are provided with core houses using the tin sheets and
cement provided by the Indian government, he said.
He also had described that in addition another 50,000 permanent
houses are being built in the conflict affected areas with Indian
IDPs were also provided with cash grants, cash for work, resettlement
kits and a six month dry food ration now extended for two years.
The minister said that all infrastructure facilities, such as, roads,
railways, harbours and airports are being developed and agriculture,
fisheries and other economic activities have been restored. The minister
suggested that the delegation should visit these areas and observe the
changes for themselves.