Sri Lanka has stepped up efforts to resettle the civilians displaced by a decades-long ethnic conflict, with 182,005 IDPs settled at the beginning of this month.
The government has released and resettled a total number of 182,005 IDPs as of March 4 after the civil war came to an end in May last year with the defeat of the LTTE sepratists, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights said today.
The government has also stepped up de-mining programmes to resettle the IDPs. A total of 897.4 square km of mine clearance has taken place in 2009, according to the Ministry of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development.
The government has also kick started fresh programmes to fulfil their needs in sectors such as health, water sanitation, education and livelihood support. Banks, postal and other services are also functioning in those areas.
The authorities have completed the resettlement process for 144,804 IDPs from Vavuniya, Mannar and Trincomalee to various districts including Galle, Kandy, Kegalle and Matale by the beginning of his month.
While another 27,393 IDPs are released on humanitarian grounds, as many as 9,808 IDPS were resettled and released from Jaffna to various districts separately. The ministry said as of of March 8, there were 62,640 IDPs at 6 centres in Vavuniya. In addition, there are 1,347 IDPs at 2 IDP centers in Jaffna as of February 5.
The government has lifted the ban on night-fishing to help them go back to normal life and help them earn more income, the ministry said.