Govt will re-settle displaced in own land
The Government will take measures to re-settle people of Jaffna
displaced by the conflict in their ancestral lands as soon as the
humanitarian operations in the North are concluded, said Plantation
Industries Minister D. M. Jayaratne.
The Minister said so at a meeting held at the Rahumaniya Muslim
Vidyalaya, Illawatura to mark the laying of foundation stone for a new
school building recently.
Jayaratne said people belonging to Tamil and Muslim Communities were
among these displaced civilians. A majority of them were presently
temporarily housed in Colombo and other areas in the South.
The Mahinda Rajapaksa Government would provide the environment
necessary for them to live in dignity once again by restoring their lost
He said the SLFP was a party which had always catered to the welfare
of minorities. It was the Sirima Bandaranaike Government which declared
Prophet Mohamed’s birthday as a public holiday on a proposal made by
him. Jayaratne said Gampola had a large concentration of Muslims after
Akurana and Udunuwara in the Kandy district.
There was a false notion that Muslims generally voted UNP.
It was apparent that Muslims had rallied round to support the UPFA at
the forthcoming elections.
Savings pass books with a deposit of Rs. 1,000 each was also
distributed among 25 students under a programme sponsored by UPFA
candidate Nizar Hadjiar.
Petroleum Resources Minister Duminda Dissanayake and several others