Will fast-track rehabilitation: Rajapaksa
Jun 9, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday admitted that there has been some delay in rehabilitation of Lankan Tamils displaced by the civil war and set a deadline of three months to resettle those who are staying in relief camps.
Rajapaksa told a delegation of DMK and Congress MPs led by Kanimozhi that the parliamentary and presidential elections in Sri Lanka had affected the rehabilitation exercise and assured them that his government would expedite the process. While the delegation pointed out that around 80,000 Tamils are still in living relief camps, Rajapaksa is learnt to have put the figure at Rs 54,000.
The delegation, comprising 11 DMK MPs and three Congress lawmakers, came to Delhi at the direction of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. With the Assembly elections only a year away in the state, the DMK is attempting to play the Lankan Tamil card once again although the emotive issue did not make much of an impact in the last Lok Sabha polls. The issue of rehabilitation of displaced Tamils tops the DMK’s agenda as it strikes a chord with the masses. It is silent on demands raised by hardline Tamil groups that war crimes charges should be slapped on the Rajapaksa government.