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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

20 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Chennai arriving on 15th November

Colombo, 06 November, (Asiantribune.com):

20 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme.

They are a voluntary repatriation movements on Tuesday November 15, 2016 consisting 20 persons (10 families) scheduled to arrive through Sri Lankan Airlines (UL 122) at 11.10 a.m. from Chennai.

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

V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs confirmed that of the 20 refugee returnees 10 are males and 10 are females. These refugee returnees will get back to Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Mannar and Trincomalee.

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 5205 refugees (1895 Families) have returned to Sri Lanka said the Ministry Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy. Over 64,000 are stationed in 109 welfare camps in India. Totally, over 100,000 refugees are currently in India. The Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs initiated a livelihood assistance programme of maximum Rs. 100,000 per refugee returnee family 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 kiths and kins and for injuries. Ministry Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy informed that, the refugees who loss their houses will be provided with houses under the housing programme of the Ministry.

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, Sri Lankan Airlines.

- Asian Tribune -

20 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Chennai arriving on 15th November
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