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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2523

36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Tamil Nadu arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June

Colombo, 27 June, (Asiantribune.com):

36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme.

They are scheduled to arrive through Mihin Lanka Airlines (MJ 130) at 11.45 a.m from Chennai

D.M.Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs had a discussion with the UNHCR and facilitated the process and increased the baggage allowance per person with assistance of the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development, Mihin Lanka Airlines.

Mr. V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs confirmed that of the 36 refugee returnees 20 are males and 16 are females. These refugee returnees will get back to Kilinochchi, Mannar, Jaffna, Colombo, Trincomalee and Vavuniya.

Further, the UNHCR provides free air tickets, reintegration allowance of US$ 75 per person, transport allowance US$ 19 per person and monitory non-food grant of US$ 75 per family. Since 2011, already 4,799 refugees (1,741 Families) have returned to Sri Lanka said the Ministry Secretary Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy. Over 64,000 are stationed in 109 welfare camps in India. Totally, over 100,000 refugees are currently in India. Hon. D.M.Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs initiated a Cabinet paper on which livelihood assistance of maximum Rs. 100,000 to refugee returnees is provided to support the livelihood activities.

Further, the provision of dry ration has been already approved for 6 months. The REPPIA has been instructed by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs to provide compensation for those who have lost their houses and suffered loss of lives of kith and kins and for injuries.

Ministry Secretary Mr. V.Sivagnansothy informed that, the refugees who loss their houses will be provided with houses under the housing programme of the Ministry.

The Government of Sri Lanka under the leadership of the President Maithripala Sirisena has initiated action to encourage the voluntary refugee returnee programme on a phased out basis and the current trend of increased refugee returnees is a sign of reconciliation and moving towards permanent peace said the Ministry secretary.

- Asian Tribune -

Mr. V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs
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