The Bishops have expressed their appreciation to the President on the resettlement of civilians in the North and the East in their places of origin.
A group of Bishops including Archbishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Ranjith held a special discussion with President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. They also expressed their appreciation over the ongoing development and resettlement process in the North and East. A number of areas are being de-mined as at present.
The President intimated to them that resettlement will be carried out in those areas, as soon de-mining is completed. The Bishop of Jaffna requested the President to provide more facilities for the fishing community in the Kilinochchi and in the Wanni Districts.
The Government has already taken initiatives to provide them with all facilities necessary for the resettled to engage in farming and other agricultural activities. The Jaffna Bishop requested the provision of adequate irrigation facilities to successfully complete cultivation in the Maha season.
The Bishops expressed their gratitude to the President for the facilities provided at present. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Bandula Gunawardena, Rajitha Senaratne and Milroy Fernando, Deputy Ministers Sarath Kumara Gunaratne and Dayasritha Tissera, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunge and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also took part in the discussion.