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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 6.37 GMT

More than 15,000 IDPs to be resettled


The Government yesterday said more than 15,000 IDP families from the Jaffna district will be resettled in their original homes soon.
The authorities have already identified more than 15,000 displaced families who claim themselves to be the residents of Jaffna and their details have been forwarded to the authorities in the Jaffna district, said Relief Services Minister, Rishad Badiudeen.

These families are now living in welfare centres in the Vavuniya and Mannar districts.

"We have already sent the details of over 15,000 families to the Police, Jaffna Government Agent and respective Divisional Secretariats to ascertain whether they are permanent residents in the Jaffna district".

The Minister stressed that they would be resettled in their original homes in the Jaffna district after the Government officials gave an assurance that they are permanent residents of the Jaffna district.

"The Presidential Task Force on Northern Development under the chairmanship of Senior Presidential Advisor MP Basil Rajapaksa is working tirelessly to expedite the demining process to facilitate the resettlement drive and it is committed to resettle as much displaced civilians as possible within the time frame of 180 days, the Minister said.





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