Private Sri Lankan firm to employ former female LTTE cadres
A private apparel company in Colombo has decided to employ 1,200 former female LTTE cadres who have completed their rehabilitation programme.world Updated: May 30, 2010 21:45 IST
A private apparel company in Colombo has decided to employ 1,200 former female LTTE cadres who have completed their rehabilitation programme.
Tri Star Apparel Pte Ltd at Ratmalana near the capital will employ over 1,200 such people in its factories, with the first batch of 150 girls to be employed from Monday.
Apart from their salary, these girls will also receive benefits like cost of living allowances, overtime payments and hostel accommodation.
They will also be provided food, life insurance covers, housing loan, distress loans, marriage loans, medical facilities and entertainment facilities, the state owned Sunday Observer reported.
Chairman of Tri Star, Deshabandu Kumar Devapura set up the first manufacturing plant in the Eastern Province, Trincomalee in an area formerly controlled by LTTE rebels thus creating over 1,000 job opportunities for people of all ethnic groups.
Devapura said he will shortly establish a training facility at Vavuniya to accommodate one-time combatants.
The firm has extended its fullest co-operation to the Government of Sri Lankan in providing employment to several internally displaced youth.
Former female LTTE cadres rehabilitated by the Ministry of Rehabilitation had sought the help of private sector organisations to give them employment.
The first batch of trainees would join the group's factory on Monday during a ceremony.
Rehabilitation Ministers Dew Gunasekera, Labour minister Gamini Lokuge, Deputy Minister for Resettlement V Muralitharan, Deputy minister for Rehabilitation Vijithamuni Zoyza and Rehabilitation Commissioner General Brigadier S Ranasinghe will address this ceremony.
Although the war ended in last May on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon with the capture of about 11,000 LTTE cadres, the government is still looking for employment opportunities for them.