UN special envoy praises facilities at welfare villages in Vavuniya
The Government sponsored infrastructure facilities and vocational
training centres inside welfare villages in Vavuniya, has come in for
high praise by visiting UN special envoy on Human Rights of Internally
Displaced Persons Prof. Walter Kaelin.
Specially, training facilities to equip IDPs for future employment,
has impressed Prof. Kaelin, who visited Vavuniya on Saturday to
personally witness relief and resettlement measures for IDPs from the
north, sources said.
In a meeting with relevant authorities in Vavuniya on Saturday Prof.
Kaelin had expressed his satisfaction over present efforts and also had
made several constructive recommendations, a spokesman for the Ministry
of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services said. During the meeting
Prof. Kaelin had been briefed on the ongoing efforts and about ones in
the pipeline, by Minister Risath Bathyudeen and other relevant
officials, sources added.
Prof. Walter Kaelin had visited the Kadirgamar welfare village,
Arunachalam welfare village and other centres near Omanthai.
Meanwhile, authorities said yesterday that the number of displaced
who had sought refuge in uncleared areas had risen to over 65,000.