The Government is geared to direct displaced civilians for resettlement in their place of origin where the final battle took place at Puthumathalan. Thus, the final stage of the resettlement process will get underway.
According to latest Government statistics, only less than 25 thousand civilians who had taken shelter in welfare villages due to displacement by terrorist activities had to be resettled in their villages. At the time of the total eradication of terrorism, the number displaced was nearly 300 thousand. Thereafter, the Government took immediate action to find them shelter in welfare villages. Seven villages were established at Settikulam in Vavuniya to shelter them. 27 camps were also established in schools. However, these camps have already been shut down and there are only five welfare villages in Settikulam. These villages at present house only less than 25,000 civilians. In addition, according to the Resettlement Ministry, there are about 713 civilians in the welfare village established in Jaffna.
The Army is taking immediate action to dispatch them to their villages. The delay has occurred as the clearance of mines had not been completed. A majority in the welfare villages in Vavuniya are civilians from Vellamulli-waikkal and Puthumathalan. They will be resettled as soon as these areas are cleared of mines and booby-traps. It is reported that the de-mining and removal of booby traps is an uphill task. Minister Milroy Fernando giving his views said that the Government was already taking necessary action to resettle between 2000 and 3000 persons weekly in their places of origin.