A group of rehabilitated ex- LTTE cadres have been recruited as pre-school teachers in North and East.
Letters of appointment were handed over to them recently.
Under the directions of the Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the Director General of the Civil Security Department Rear Admiral (Retd) Ananda Peiris had made arrangements to recruit these ex- LTTE cadres who successfully completed the mandatory government-sponsored rehabilitation programmes.
According to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, a number of post-rehabilitation support programs are afoot to assist beneficiaries.
Special low interest loan schemes are being provided to start self employment ventures and small scale industries. In addition professional training courses in technical, mechanical, IT, agriculture, animal husbandry, beauty culture, food processing, education, handicraft, carpentry and construction are conducted for them. Special counseling sessions are also held.
The Civil Security Department has recruited a large number of ex-LTTE cadres to it rank and file. Plans are underway to provide employment to beneficiaries in private sector ventures as well. 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.
Three rehabilitated former LTTE cadres have been selected as best shooters to national shooter pool representing Sri Lanka at the SAARC games next year.
Eleven thousand five hundred ex-LTTE combatants out of the 12,000 surrendered or in the custody of the state have been reunited with their families after rehabilitation.
Out of the 500 that remained around 320 would be reunited with their families soon, Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said.
There are around 180 ex-combatants who will have to face legal action for their direct involvement in crimes of grave nature.
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.