Chairman of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons Maxwell Paranagama reiterated the commitment to implement the mandate of the Commission, independently, transparently and to offer reasonable assistance to the relatives of missing persons as far as their livelihood problems are concerned.
Paranagama in a release stated: "The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons in terms of the warrant issued to the Commission, by the President, in addition to inquiring in to disappearances of missing persons, giving due hearing to the relatives of the missing persons at public sittings alleged to have been abducted by the LTTE, have voluntarily requested from the Commission to assist them to receive death certificates in respect of their missing relatives.
The Commission acting under condition "G" of the Warrant has acted promptly to provide relief requested by the families of missing persons.
The Commission has intervened on behalf of relatives of missing persons on matters concerning land disputes, receipt of compensation, providing livelihood assistance to enable families without any income to generate income for their livelihood.
A teacher from Mullaitivu who made representations to the Commission that she was severely injured as a result of a blast was compensated and provided with relief by way of her pension rights by the Director of Education, Vavuniya as a result of the intervention of the Commission.
The Commission noted that the Fishing Committee of Kokilai who have been victims of violence perpetrated by the LTTE resulting in death, loss of boats and fishing equipments.
The Commission has successfully negotiated with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other sources seeking assistance for the fishing community of Kokilai.
The Commission, has also, in conjunction with the relevant ministries formed a Steering Committee to formulate a program for conducting counseling services in the North and East which was a recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
The Steering Committee is headed by Secretary to the President Lalith Weertunga and LLRC Implementing Committee Head Dhara Wijetilleke. The Commission took this initiative to work with the relevant ministries in providing counselling services to the families of victims of missing persons having heard their grievances during public sittings.
It was evident to the Commission that these families of missing persons suffer from post traumatic condition as a result of the conflict."