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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 5.06 GMT
Last batch of IDPs to be resettled today


The last batch of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)s will be resettled in their villages today.

Over 2,000 people belonging to 617 families still live in refugee camps and they are to be resettled.

Security Forces Commander, Major General Boniface Perera, who is the Competent Authority for IDPs in the Northern region said the last group of over 300,000 displaced persons during the conflict in the North will return to their original hometowns in the Mullaitivu District today.

Accordingly 1,186 people belonged to 361 families will leave the Manik Farm IDP camp in Vavuniya today.

According to Major General Perera, the Wanni Security Forces Headquarters and the Mullaitivu Security Forces Headquarters had helped expedite the resettlement programme on a directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

He has explained that the resettlement in certain areas in the North was delayed due to the de-mining.

He has added that the military would continue to assist the resettled people to build their houses and commence their livelihoods although the government has met their needs.

The government has spent US$ 360 million to resettle the 98 percent of the 290,000 IDPs housed in welfare centers at the end of May 2009 when the 30-year armed conflict against the Tamil Tiger terrorists in the North and East came to an end.

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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