Government planning to bring Sinhalese colonists again to Ma’nalaa’ru in Vanni

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 May 2010, 16:46 GMT]
Sri Lanka government is accelerating its plans to colonize Ma’nalaa’ru area in Vanni with Sinhalese people and also to bring back the Sinhalese people who had been earlier brought to this area as colonists, some government officers who had visited Ma’nalaa’ru area said. Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and other de-mining organizations are now at work in the above Ma’nalaa’ru area which includes Janakapura, Parakrampura and the traditional Tamil village Othiyamalai. The government has no plans to resettle the ancient Tamil inhabitants of Othiyamalai, the officers said.

The de-mining of Ma’nalaa’ru is expected to be completed within the next six months.

In the first stage of Sinhalese colonization in Ma’nalaa’ru the Sinhalese colonists who left Ma’nalaa’ru are to be resettled according to government plans.

During the war between the Liberation Tigers and Sri Lanka government the Sinhalese colonization in Ma’nalaa’ru had been hindered while the Sinhalese colonists brought earlier had left the area.

It is learnt according to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sources that SLA has begun collecting the particulars of the Sinhalese colonists who had left Ma’nalaa’ru with the aim of bringing them back to Ma’nalaa’ru and providing them with basic facilities and other such assistance.

By an extra ordinary gazette notification dated 16th April, 1988, Manal Aru area in the Mullaitivu and Vavunia Districts was re-named Weli Oya in Sinhala. By the same gazette notification Weli Oya was proclaimed the 26th District of Sri Lanka and for administrative purpose brought under the jurisdiction of the Government Agent, Anuradhapura. However, for election purpose it was included in the Vavuniya Electoral District. It was also declared that Weli Oya area had been included under the Rapid Mahaweli Development Scheme under the Ministry of Lands and Land Development.

Mine/UXO removal operations are conducted by the Sri Lanka Army – Humanitarian Demining Unit, a Sri Lankan NGO – the Milinda Moragoda Institute for People’s Empowerment; and six INGO demining organizations: The Danish Demining Group (DDG), The HALO Trust, HORIZON, Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Sarvatra, and the Swiss Foundation for Demining (FSD).

 

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