The Minister said no one believed that the war would be won and an environment created for the people to return to their villages. But the people are fortunate and all those who had resided in their places of origin before 1985 are being resettled. As Minister of Resettlement, he is vested with the task of resettling them in their own villages.
Undertaking a visit to Kuchchaveli in Trincomalee, the Minister assured the granting of legal ownership to individuals who do not possess deeds for their lands. Action was initiated to grant financial assistance to the tune of 25 thousand rupees on behalf of each resettled family. Deputy Ministers Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan and M.K.D.S. Gunawardena joined the Minister in this tour.
In the meantime, India pledged another 250 million US dollars to strengthen the mega programme mooted by the Government for the families resettled in the North and East, during the President’s visit to India. India also assured to build 50 thousand new houses for the rebuilding of civilian life in the North. Tamil Nadu political party leaders gave an assurance to support the programme launched by the Government to bring normality to the North and East, expediting the resettlement process.
The President invited Tamil political party leaders to visit Sri Lanka and witness the progress achieved in the North and East. The target of the Government including the President is to give all facilities to the people of the North and East by resettling also the handful who has still taken shelter in welfare camps. During the President’s tour, India also gave an assurance to provide a concessionary loan of about One billion dollars to develop the Northern and Eastern infrastructure in addition to establishing Power Plants.