The outgoing UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Neil Buhne commended the steps taken by the government to reconstruct the Northern Province at a press conference by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva on Friday (18).
Describing the UN's humanitarian efforts in Sri Lanka, Buhne said there is still a huge amount of work needed to be done in rebuilding houses, schools, government buildings and other infrastructure in the devastated region.
Recovery programs slated for Northern Sri Lanka is US$ 280 million, a joint action plan launched by the United Nations along with the Sri Lankan government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) said.
The "Joint Plan for Assistance for the Northern Province (JPA)" launched on February 01, outlines the key needs for the next 12 months, and identifies priority activities and strategies to be undertaken during 2011.
The JPA provides a framework for meeting immediate needs while linking interventions to the early and medium- term recovery efforts including the priorities of building shelters and homes, supporting agriculture, food security and livelihood recovery. The JPA has planned recovery programs for 2011 at a cost of US$ 280 million.
The UN official also said there are only few hardcore ex-LTTE combatants waiting for legal proceedings and most of the 5,000 detainees are undergoing government-run rehabilitation programs.