Over Northern re-settlement
pace quickens120 families settled:
Next to settle: 771 families:
The Government which has taken up the massive challenge of
re-settling civilians rescued through humanitarian operations in the
North in their original lands has decided to re-settle another batch of
3,000 people belonging to 771 families in the Mannar district. People in
welfare camps in Mannar district are being re-settled under the first
stage of this program ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’ supervised by Presidential
Senior Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, MP under the guidance of the President.
Accordingly 410 persons belonging to 122 families were re-settled in
their original lands on April 30. The second batch of 3,000 persons
belonging to 771 families will be re-settled in 26 villages coming under
the purview of five Divisional Secretariat divisions viz. Pandaraveli,
Punichchikulam, Muruththanmadu, Thisinnapillai, Yathirkerni and
Puliyankulam. The re-settlement is done without any coercion after fully
clearing these areas of landmines, said Chandra Fernando, Advisor to the
Negenahira Navodaya program.
He also said re-settlement is done according to highest international
standards after rehabilitating the Yoda Wewa under World Bank aid.
This project costing Rs. 385 million will facilitate irrigation
facilities to 30,000 acres of farm land, this benefitting 7,500 farmer
families in the area.