Internally Displaced Persons in North and East :
EU gives Euro 62 m for emergency rehabilitation
*Euro 36 m for long term
rehabilitation of IDPs
*EC to release funds for major
The European Commission (EC) will provide Euro 62 million for
emergency rehabilitation activities for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)
in welfare centres in the North and the East. A huge quantum of funds
will also be released for development projects once rehabilitation and
resettlement activities are completed, Vice Chairman Development
Committee European Parliament Niranjan Deva Aditya said.
In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Deva Aditya said the
EC will provide Euro 36 million for long term rehabilitation of IDPs in
the North and the East. This is apart from its 2008 budget. The EU had
also released Euro 17 million for the improvement of shelter, health and
hygiene sectors in IDP welfare centres, which is distributed through UN
Organizations, the Red Cross and key NGOs, he said.
In December 2008, the number of IDPs grew by numbers and the EC
released another Euro 2 million for emergency food aid which was
distributed through the ICRC, while another Euro 5 million was released
through UNHCR, Oxfam and Save the Children Fund in June this year.
He said that in the same year, Euro 36 million was released as a long
term rehabilitation plan of IDPs, while another Euro 26 million was
released for humanitarian activities. “Therefore, a huge quantum of
development funds will be available for Sri Lanka once all IDPs are
settled in safe places and the completion of de-mining activities in the
North and East,” he said.
Deva Aditya who is a Member of the European Parliament, hopes to
support Sri Lanka in the next three years and was looking for well
structured development programs with project appraisals, feasibility
studies, implementation times and timetables to be given to EU Embassy
in Colombo to be transmitted to Brussels for examination.
He said all development funds will be released to Sri Lanka once the
de-mining activities are completed and IDPs resettled in safe locations
by integrating them into the normal society. “Once it is done, the EC
will release funds for major infrastructure projects including road,
power and energy and water projects in the North, the East and other
districts experiencing extreme poverty,” he said.
Deva Aditya said among the IDPs, there are several hardcore LTTE
cadres who need to be identified, apprehended and rehabilitated to be
integrated to the normal society which is the need of the hour.
He said from the day he had been appointed as the Vice Chairman,
Development Committee European Parliament he took all the possible
initiatives to support Sri Lanka within his limits.
They also funded Matara -Batticaloa road which joins the Southern
Expressway during the tsunami.