More refugees resettle in Mannar
*Over 2,120 people of 551 families
*Over 7,000 acres in Musali DS
division to be brought under plough
The resettlement of over 2,120 people belonging to 551 families in
their original homes will begin in the Musali DS division in Mannar
today under the resettlement of IDPs Phase II in the Northern province.
According to Resettlement and Relief Services Minister Rishad
Bathiudeen, these families from seven Grama Niladhari Divisions in the
Musali DS division will be provided dry rations and kitchen utensils by
In addition, the Government has launched a series of programs to
uplift their livelihood specially agriculture, fishing industry and self
employment. “These families can resume their fishing and agricultural
activities from today,” the Minister said.
was able to begin the resettlement process early due to the
Security Forces’ sacrifice
“We will reconstruct the Haththimurippu tank under which over 7,000
acres in the Musali DS division could be brought under the plough,” he
said. “The Government has upgraded infrastructure facilities in the
area. The road network in the DS division was rehabilitated and
electricity supply was provided to the villages in which these families
are resettled,” he said.
He said the resettlement process has been expedited by the Ministry
under the Uthuru Wasanthaya program. “The area where these families are
resettled has been cleared of mines,” he said. The Minister said all
Government institutions such as Divisional Secretariats, Police
Stations, Cooperatives and schools have been opened in the area.
The Minister added all displaced civilians in the welfare centres
will be resettled in their original homes on the directive of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa and Senior Presidential Advisor and Parliamentarian
Basil Rajapaksa after the mines clearance activities are completed.
The Government was able to begin the resettlement process early due
to the enormous sacrifice made by the Security Forces. They dedicated
their lives to free the entire country from terrorism, he said.