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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

High Impact Resettlement Projects for North and East

Colombo, 24 August, (Asiantribune.com):

he Government has allocated Rs.14 billion for high impact resettlement projects in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to socially upgrade and integrate the war affected families into the mainstream of development.

These projects are currently being implemented on an accelerated manner by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs through District Secretaries.

Permanent Housing

A press release states that the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs is implementing permanent housing programmes covering 9,000 housing units for IDP families and 630 housing units for refugee returnee families and 400 housing units for families in the former threatened villages totaling over 10,000 housing units in the conflict affected North and East districts at a total cost of Rs.8,024 million with Sri Lanka budgetary funds allocated to the Ministry in 2016.

A press release states that the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs further states -

The housing programmes are being implemented through District Secretariats and covers 3,140 housing units for Jaffna district, 1035 housing units for Kilinochchi district, 1035 housing units for Mullaitivu, 1140 housing units for Mannar district, 910 housing units for Vavuniya , 1120 units for Trincomalee, 1000 housing units for Batticaloa, and 165 units for Ampara, 80 units for Puttlam, 240 units for Polonnaruwa and 65 units for Anuradhapura said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs.

Repairing Partially Damaged Houses

Further, with regarding to partially damaged houses, Rs.200,000 per house is being provided for 2400 damaged houses. This includes repairing of 720 damaged houses in Jaffna, 120 units in Kilinochchi, 170 units in Mullaitivu, 200 units in Mannar and 50 units in Vavuniya , 100 units in Trincomalee, 1000 units in Batticaloa and 100 units in Ampara. The total allocation is Rs.480 million said said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, the Ministry Secretary.

Water Supply and Sanitation Projects

With regard to the sanitation projects, 7600 sanitation units are being implemented at a cost of Rs.418 million for the IDPs, Refugee returnees and conflict affected families. In Jaffna 1,200 units, Kilinochchi - 1000 units, Mullaitivu - 1000 units, Vavuniya 1,000 units, Trincomalee 1,000 units, Batticaloa- 1,000 units, Ampara - 400 units are under implementation. With regard to water supply projects in Jaffna -39 dug wells and 108 repairing of dug wells and 5 agro wells repairing of 77 agro wells and 12 water supply schemes are under implementation. In Mullaitivu 101 dug wells, 26 tube wells, 50 agro wells and 402 water connections are being provided. With regard to water supply projects, Rs.100 mn has been allocated for each district covering Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa whereas the other districts have been allocated between Rs.50Mn to Rs.75 Mn to provide water supply for the IDPs, refugee returnees and conflict affected families and are being implemented said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, the Ministry Secretary.

Livelihood development:

IDP families, refugee returnees, socially integrated trainees, women headed families and disabled are being provided livelihood assistance valued Rs.100,000 for each family covering over 12,050 families in the Northern and Eastern districts at a Cost of Rs. 1,205 Million. Livelihood support covers poultry, livestock, coat raring, cattle farming, fisheries, cottage industries, agricultural inputs and other income generation projects. Livelihood support is under implementation in Jaffna for 3,000 families, Kilinochchi - 1,600 families, Mullaitivu - 1500 families, Mannar- 1600 families, Vavuniya - 1500 families , Trincomalee - 1,300 families, Batticaloa - 1,000 families and Ampara - 550 families.

Infrastructure Development

Further for infrastructure development Rs.630 million has been provided for implementation of various projects such rehabilitation of internal roads, free domestic electricity connections, renovation of school buildings, hospital, pre-schools and other infrastructure facilities. All the projects are currently implementation on a fast track basis.

The Government has given very high priority to address the permanent housing, repairing of damaged houses, provision of water supply, improved sanitation, infrastructure facilities, and livelihood development as durable solutions for affected families. These initiatives and the Government allocation of Rs.14 billion for rehabilitation and resettlement projects in the conflict affected Northern and Eastern districts indicates the commitment for reconciliation and peace-building said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs.

- Asian Tribune -

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