There are only 698 former LTTE cadres remaining in the rehabilitation centers, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi said.
The government has allocated Rs 300 million to grant loans for ex- LTTE cadres to start self-employment projects with a maximum of Rs 250,000 at only four percent interest, he added.
Those who undergo rehabilitation come to the rehabilitation centres on court orders and they will be under a rehabilitation programme for a year with effect from the date they come to the rehabilitation centres. As such it is difficult to point out a date or time frame to release them, Brigadier Hettiarachchi said.
"We provide meditation, sport, education and vocational training to ex-LTTE cadres during their rehabilitation period. After they complete the rehabilitation period, they follow various courses under several components," the Brigadier pointed out.
"Thereafter, we hold a special counselling programme to change their destructive ideology and mindset which they had acquired due to brainwashing by the LTTE.
During the last stages of the humanitarian operation 11,664 former LTTE cadres surrendered to the security forces.
The government has allocated Rs.750 million for the rehabilitation process for this year and has spent Rs. 2.5 billion on the rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres since May 2009.