|Wednesday, 26 November 2003|
The World Bank and its affiliated bodies have pledged continued assistance towards Sri Lanka's North East Reconstruction efforts. World Bank Country Director Peter Harrold has given this assurance in a letter addressed to rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees Minister Prof. Jayalath Jayawardena recently.
Responding to a request made by Minister Jayawardena for International Development Association (IDA) assistance for reconstruction of homes damaged by the civil conflict and payment of compensation for those affected by war Mr. Harrold had said an IDA field identification mission will arrive in Sri Lanka on January 19, 2004 to help prepare a Housing Reconstruction programme for the North East.
He has said the IDA support under the program would be very significant. Mr. Harrold had said the World Bank had also allocated 15 million US dollars in support of the government's unified assistance scheme which is fast disbursing assistance among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Up to September 30 this year, 32,734 IDPs had received a cash grant of Rs. 25,000 each under this programme. The World Bank hoped to discuss these two initiatives with the Minister in greater detail soon, Mr. Harrold has further said.
Unfortunately, the World Bank development mandate precludes it from paying compensation to religious institutions and to next of kin affected by disappearances and death.
"However, please be assured of our commitment to support reintegration of all displaced families and the rehabilitation of the conflict-affected areas of the island" Mr. Harrold had emphasised.
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