Over 1,800 rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres turned up at Kilinochchi on Saturday to join the Civil Security Department (CSD) following the CSD’s call for ex-combatants to join its ranks.
The government is planning to recruit a large number of rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres to the CSD. Once recruited they will be taking part in development activities in the North.
An official campaign was held during the weekend in Kilinochchi where over 2000 applications were distributed among the former LTTE members.
The CDF set up as an auxiliary force to assist the government security forces during the military campaign against LTTE was initially deployed to protect villages in north and east from LTTE attacks. The LTTE carried out many massacres of civilians from these villages.
The current initiative to recruit ex- LTTE combatants to the CSD is a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The initiative is carried out under the guidance of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The former combatants receive training in vocational skills before their release through the programs organized by Sri Lanka military to earn a living on their own once released.
During and immediately after the final phase of the Humanitarian Operation 11,700 LTTE cadres have surrendered to the government security forces and there are only 698 former LTTE cadres remaining in the rehabilitation centers.
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.