931 ex-LTTE cadres to be reunited soon
The rehabilitation authorities hope to implement a comprehensive post
monitoring system to help former ex-LTTE cadres who were reintegrated
into the mainstream society, newly appointed Commissioner General of
Rehabilitation Brig. Dharshana Hettiarachchi said.
He told the Sunday Observer that there were only 931 ex-LTTE cadres
still undergoing rehabilitation and they would be reunited with their
families before the end of this year. “Under the new system the
authorities will not only look into their activities but also into their
problems. We have reports in some areas that their own people are still
reluctant to welcome them into society”, he said.
According to Brig Hettiarachchi, the authority plans to conduct
several awareness programs to educate the public to have a good rapport
“We are confident that they are fully rehabilitated and we want their
own people to recognise them as normal civilians as most of them became
terrorists unwillingly, he said.
He said the rehabilitated cadres who were released were given
vocational training and the Rehabilitation Authority would explore the
possibility of providing them financial assistance to launch
“We would ensure that they are safe in society. As they are now on
the correct path we want to give them support to stand on their own”, he
Brig. Hettiarachchi was the GOC of the 22 Division in Trincomalee.
According to the Rehabilitation Ministry, of the 11,700 ex-LTTE
cadres who had surrendered, 10,375 have been reunited with their
families after the completion of the rehabilitation process. Over Rs.750
million has been allocated for rehabilitation this year.
They have been given training in masonary skills, handicrafts and
paintings as well as vocational, language and communication training to
improve their skills and educational knowledge.This year 78
rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres were reintegrated into society.