India committed to rehabilitation of displaced Sri Lankan Tamils, says Krishna
(ANI): The visiting External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna, who handed over renovated school and completed houses at Ariyalai Nagar here, today said India remains fully committed towards the rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being of displaced persons in the Northern Province.
“India remains fully committed towards the rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being of displaced persons in the Northern Province. We stand ready to do more,” he said in his remarks at the handing over of renovated school and completed houses Ariyalai Nagar I (Kilinochchi).
Krishna said he was happy to participate in this event marking the handing over of the first school under India’s project for repairs of 79 war-damaged schools in the three districts of Kilinochchi, Mulaittivu and Vavuniya in Northern Province.
“The project was conceived with the objective of assisting early restoration of educational activities for children of resettled IDPs and to deliver a facelift to basic educational infrastructure of the region,” said Krishna.
“I am happy to note that as a result of this intervention families will be able to send their children to schools, and students will have a decent learning environment offering them a better future,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Krishna in a ceremony at District General Hospital, Kilinochchi, handed over critical medical-equipment to improve the standard of medical care and obviate the need to refer cases for treatment to Jaffna or Colombo via ambulances
” Similar equipment has also been provided to the Mullaitivu District General Hospital. We have supported other projects in the area of health-care, like providing emergency medical relief and organizing artificial limbs refitment camps immediately after the end of the war as also by donating medical equipment to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital,” said Krishna.
“The Government of India has also recently approved the proposal for construction of 200 bed ward complex at the District General Hospital, Vavunia. India has been supporting other projects for rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being of displaced persons in the Northern Province,” he added.
Expressing his delight to hand over the houses to beneficiaries, Krishna said : “The houses that you see across the school compound have been constructed in the pilot phase for 1,000 houses under our Housing Project which was launched during my visit in November 2010. I am happy to hand over these houses to beneficiaries of Ariviyal Nagar here and at Ariyalai in Jaffna later in the day.”
“I am sure that the lessons learnt from this pilot phase will be useful in the implementation of the next phase of the project for 49,000 houses for which Minister Peiris and I signed an MOU yesterday on behalf of our two governments to ensure smooth execution,” he added.
The External Affairs Minister also conveyed his gratitude to various agencies of the Government of Sri Lanka and other local partners who have extended necessary assistance in execution of all our projects.