President Rajapaksa has emphasized to EPDP representatives that his desire is to complete resettlement under a streamlined programme as soon as possible.
The meeting between people’s representatives of the EPDP headed by Minister Douglas Devananda was held at the Presidential Secretariat. Attention has been drawn to the inauguration of a mobile Kachcheri system to solve day-to-day problems of the Northern polity. They discussed expediting the integration into society of those in detention and who had been accused of charges within the judicial process. The President pointed out that the resettlement should be carried out in a systematic and organized manner ensuring their security after de-mining the areas. He pointed out that a group of new Parliamentarians has been deployed to monitor these activities.
Minister Devananda urged the President to continue providing assistance of the World Food Organisation to the Northern civilians. A request was also made to grant them the necessary agricultural and fishing gear. Minister Basil Rajapaksa referred to the initiatives taken by the Government to develop Health, Education, Agriculture and Fisheries while improving the places of religious worship. Plans are afoot to further develop the infrastructure in the resettled areas. 100 two-wheel tractors have already been distributed. Minister Rajapaksa said that another 500 are due to be dished out to the people.
Meanwhile, the meeting between the President and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians took place last afternoon. They told the President of their readiness to extend full support to the Government to be partners of a programme launched on a stable framework with stipulated objectives. Parliamentarian R. Sambandan, the TNA leader said they expected to get involved directly with the Government to extend the support needed for further accelerating the programme of developing the North.