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Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 5.43 GMT
Remaining IDPs will be resettled within next six months - Minister


The remaining Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be resettled within next six months, Resettlement Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon said.

Resettlement Minister told Xinhua that the construction of permanent houses for some 1,700 families living in a camp for the displaced in Vavuniya in the north has already begun.

“We will need at least six months to fully complete the resettlement process. Last month we completed 206 houses and we have begun constructing another 200 houses and that should be completed in three months,” the minister said.

Minister said that the Sri Lankan army is assisting the government in building permanent homes for the displaced people in areas where de-mining has been completed in the north of the country.

The government has spent US$ 360 million to resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) since the end of the conflict in May 2009.

The government has resettled nearly 98 percent of the 290,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) housed in welfare centers at the end of May 2009 and only 6,647 IDPs were remaining to be resettled at the end of 2011, the Deputy Solicitor-General of Sri Lanka Shavindra Fernando said
In addition to the government's spending, UN agencies and other donor partners have provided assistance regularly to complement the government's efforts.

For those who would be resettled the ministry would give food rations worth Rs. 3,500 per month along with certain tools to re-establish livelihoods.





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