The number of welfare camps in the North has declined to Seven with the success achieved in the resettlement process.
Competent Authority on resettlement in the North and the Wanni Commanding Officer Major Gen. Kamal Gunaratne has said that 47 welfare centres in the North had already been shut down. He pointed out that the Government’s desire was to complete the process by resettling the balance IDPs before the end of this year.
Major Gen. Gunaratne said that 265,000 civilians have now been resettled in their villages with necessary infrastructure. The Government has given all families with a resettlement payment of 25,000 rupees in addition to a package of dry-rations for a period of six months. He pointed out that currently there are around 27 thousand civilians to be resettled. But actually, only 10,000 live in welfare centres. All others yet to be resettled are living outside welfare centres with the permission of the authorities. He added that most of the inmates leave in the morning and return in the evening as they find their livelihoods elsewhere by engaging in agricultural and other day-to-day activities including construction and trivial work.