IDPs to be resettled in Thiriyai village
[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 August 2002, 17:31 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Ports Development and Eastern Regional Development Minister Rauff Hakeem Saturday handed over a cheque for a sum of three and a half million rupees to the Government Agent, Trincomalee as a token gesture for the resettlement of five hundred displaced families in the village Thiriyai in the northern sector of the Trincomalee district. Presiding over a conference regarding the development of the Trincomalee district Saturday, Mr.Rauff Hakeem said his ministry would take steps to resettle another two thousand displaced families in the eastern district.
More than thousand families had been driven out of the Thiriyai village in1990 violence.
Most of them have been living in welfare centres. Thiriyai is now deserted village. The SLN officially vacated the Tamil Maha Vidyalyam buildings which they had been occupied last Friday.
"We could expect foreign assistance to the massive rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war ravaged northeast province if the proposed interim council with some sort of political arrangement is achieved. However, it is very difficult to predict the outcome at this stage. Majority of us are in a state of confused mind," said Mr.Rauff Hakeem at the conference held at Trincomalee District Secretariat, which was attended local heads of government departments and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
The Minister who is in charge of the eastern regional development said, "we should take immediate steps to improve the infrastructure of the province to undertake rehabilitation of IDPs and reconstruct the war ravaged province. That is why this conference has been hurriedly summoned."
"The Trincomalee district is the most devastated in the eastern province. Around three thousand million rupees are needed for the reconstruction of the Trincomalee district. Majority of the people live in abject poverty. The production level of fish and milk in the district has fallen very badly. About twenty thousand acres of land have not been brought under the cultivation. The purpose of launching massive development projects in the northeast is to harness and stimulate the growth to minimize the regional deprivation which has been considered as the main cause of the tension between communities," said Minister Hakeem outlining his ministry's programme of action.